This paper is about the early European monarchies in Spain, France and England. The author examines the idea of ruling with fear in contrast to ruling with love.
This paper is about the early European monarchies in Spain, France and England. The author examines the idea of ruling with fear in contrast to ruling with love. Includes examples of Queen Elizabeth, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Phillip II.
“A Prince that is feared, “much safer than,” a Prince that is loved, writes Machiavelli. This point is debatable. During the years of Kings and Queens ruling their lands, there have been many different approaches to success. Some monarchs rule with love, keeping their subjects happy and kissing their feet. Others take the approach of strict rule, killing all those who step out of line to make an example for the rest of the kingdom. Still others try every way possible to lead their kingdom and still fail. Which approach to ruling, then, is the correct way? In my estimation the supreme way to rule a kingdom would be through love. Keeping your people happy, with no reason to revolt or step out of line. This is the ultimate way to rule. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, as well as, Henry IV, King of France, chose to rule with the powers of love. On the other hand, Henry VIII, King of England, and Phillip II, King of Spain, ruled out of fear. Finally, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Mary of Guise, failed to rule their land successfully.”