"I do not, like a jure divino tyrant, imagine they are my slaves"
Jure Divino frontispiece
Public DomainJure Divino frontispiece - Credit: Daniel Defoe

Jure Divino is Latin for ‘by the command of God.’  Daniel Defoe published Jure Divino: a Satyr, In Twelve Books, in 1706.  The work is an epic poem, which refutes the divine right monarchy and its ‘virtues’ - passive obedience and non-resistance. It argues that this type of monarchy is mere tyranny, and any who give up their freedoms to obey such tyranny are fools. Defoe provides a history of tyrants from antiquity to ‘the present’ (1706) and ends with praise for King William’s rule and for the government of the time in England.

Together with Henry Fielding, Defoe was one of the earliest English novelists.