Patriarcha, or the Natural Power of Kings
In the aftermath of the English Revolution which saw the execution of a king and the creation of a Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy, Filmer wrote a solid defense of the divine right of kings which in turn prompted John Locke to write a riposte - part 1 of the Two Treatises of Government.
Patriarcha; of the Natural Power of Kings. By the Learned Sir Robert Filmer Baronet (London: Richard Chiswell, 1680).
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Table of Contents
- The COPY of a LETTER
- THE CONTENTS.
- CHAP I.: That the first Kings were Fathers of Families.
- CHAP. II.: It is unnatural for the People to Govern, or Chose Governours.
- CHAP. III.: Positive Laws do not infringe the Natural and Fatherly Power of Kings.