In the past, the role of a king was to rule a kingdom. Historical kings had complete domain and made all government decisions. In contemporary culture, the role of kings is mostly symbolic. They actively engage in ritual... More »

In medieval societies, the king was the highest ruler in his land, having to hold himself accountable only to God, represented by those in high offices in the Catholic church. The king was the ruler of his territory and ... More » History Middle Ages

In medieval times, the role of the king was to own land, lead his country and people in times of war and set laws. A king was, essentially, the supreme ruler of his land. More »

A government ruled by a king or queen is called a monarchy. Monarchies are typically associated with hereditary rule, where an individual rules for life and then passes the crown to an heir. More »

Some of the qualities of a good king include being calm and centered, being decisive and having personal integrity. Being hard working and energetic, well spoken, able to protect and maintain order, blessing others and a... More »

King Darius was succeeded on the throne by his son Xerxes. Darius the Great, as he was known, passed the reigns of the Persian Empire to his son around 486 B.C. More » Government & Politics Types of Government Monarchies

The first king of England was Egbert, who reigned from 827 to 839. He was the first monarch to create a stable rule over Anglo-Saxon England, some 25 years after he regained his kingdom of Wessex. He controlled the porti... More » Government & Politics Types of Government Monarchies