This included the religious dominance of morality and ethics, the Church’s stance on the natural world, and the absolutist monarchical rule and governance.
New ideas about freedom, tolerance, progress and especially liberal governance began to form.
You would be right to ask these types of questions. This type of all-encompassing political authority was embodied in kings and queens like James VI of Scotland, Peter I the Great of Russia, and King Louis XIV of France. They believed in total control, and justified that control in religious terms.
In fact, King Louis XIV once said, “L’état, c’estmoi! They believed they were religiously chosen to rule the people.
You hopefully already know a bit of this from your AP Euro History studies, but it never hurts to have a recap.
The Enlightenment was an 18 century intellectual, political, and social movement that characterized much of European thought across the continent.
It’s true that Enlightened Absolutism sits at an odd point in the AP European History curriculum, but this AP Euro review contains everything you’ll need to know for your upcoming exam.
Not only do we lay out the details that characterized the movement, but we place it in the appropriate historical context.
Everyone was into this, from kings to philosophers to peasants.
With the help of revolutionary thinkers like Voltaire, Descartes, Montesquieu, Spinoza, etc., a movement swept through Europe that challenged the religious and monarchical rule on almost every aspect of like.