Saturday, May 28, 2011

Beings of Faerie: Royalty

Royalty: people of royal blood and monarchial lineage

Charles VII of France {Public Domain}

Royalty & Faith:

Where do royalty fit into the grand and glorious realm of Faerie? Well, fantasy as a genre usually leans towards the medieval, when monarchs reigned supreme over the people. Often, these monarchs claimed authority and power directly from God and acted as His law enforcement throughout their kingdoms.

Monarchs could be actual authorities, or they might be ceremonial figures whose main point was to impress the people and encourage them or direct them when called upon by the real authority {for example, a military hero or regent}.

The Bible says many things about kings and monarchy. Here are a few pertinent quotes:

Deuteronomy 17:14-15a, "[Laws Concerning Israel's Kings] When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,' you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose."

Deuteronomy 17:18-20, "And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel."

1 Samuel 8:11-18, "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons...and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties.... He will take your daughters.... He will take the tenth of your grain.... He will take your male servants and female servants.... He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

1 Samuel 12:13, "And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the LORD has set a king over you."

Psalm 10:16a, "The LORD is king forever and ever."

Psalm 22:28, "For kingship belongs to the LORD, and He rules over all the nations."

Very interesting passages, aye? If you're writing royalty, then it would definitely be worth your while to do a more thorough search on "kings" in the Bible. And even if you decide not to incorporate what you learn, or decide to modify a Biblical kingship - for, after all, God gave us the gift of imagination - then hopefully you will have been enriched anyway by this research!

Casper David Friedrich {Public Domain}
Writing Royalty:

I won't embarrass you by trying to explain how one writes royalty. I'm sure you're well aware that most royals are mere humans like ourselves, merely graced by God with higher authority and power. So there you go.

Just one note, though, before you leave - royalty should not be add-ons to your story. If the framework of government in your realm incorporates royalty, then by all means go ahead! However, if you've already got a functioning government that "works," keep it. You can always rewrite later to include them!

Queen Victoria {Public Domain}

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