“Of the gods we believe, and of men we know, that by a necessary law of their nature they rule” These are the words written by the Athenian historian, Thucydides in his book By The History of the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BCE.

In The Life of King Henry the Fifth in Act 4, Scene 1,

The king considers the burden of greatness and

That which keeps him from his sleep.

“What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet,

But poison'd flattery?”

The last speech reveals the attitude behind power that sets the stage for rebellion.  In the Third Sermon of Bishop Hugh Latimer, preached before King Edward, March 22nd, 1549, he cautioned his listeners to not “…judge judges. It becometh us, whatsoever they decree,  to stand unto it, and receive it obediently.”



Chelsea J. Smith

Power Begins

Gluttony of Power

Answer to Tyranny

Response to Rebellion

Death of Power