Right of Magistrates

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The Right of Magistrates (French: Du droit des magistrats, Latin: De jure magistratuum) is a 1574 work written by Theodore Beza, and anonymously "published by those from Magdeburg of 1550",[1] as a polemical contribution to the pamphlet literature of the French Wars of Religion.[2] It emphatically protested against French state tyranny in religious matters, and affirmed the resistance theory that it is legitimate for a people to oppose an unworthy magistracy in a practical manner and if necessary to use weapons and depose them.

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  1. ^ Du droit des magistrats sur leurs subiets (1574), p. 1; Google Books.
  2. ^ Tadataka Maruyama, The Ecclesiology of Theodore Beza: the reform of the true Church (1978), p. 60; Google Books.