After a centuries-long tradition, only one god-king remains

Anciently, the notion of a divine or divinely called monarch was virtually universal and fundamental to many global worldviews. Today, religiously based monarchies are virtually extinct. But they aren't quite gone yet.

William J. Hamblin is Professor of History at Brigham Young University,
 specializing in the ancient and medieval Near East. His first novel The Book of Malchus, (co-
authored with Neil Newell) was published in 2010.