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The term “monarchomachs” (from the Greek, “fighters against kings”) was coined in 1600, in the Latin treatise De regno et regali potestate, adversus Buchananum, Brutum, Boucherium et reliquos monarchomachos libri sex (“Six books on the Monarchy and Royal Authority, against Buchanan, Brutus, Boucher, and the Other Monarchomachs”) by the Scottish monarchist William Barclay. The term was intended to denounce all contemporary political theorists who argued for constraints on the power of the monarchy and declared resistance – up to and including tyrannicide – legiti…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Monarchomachs”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024218>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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