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With a quick look at one of the teen magazines on the rack reveals the present role of the monarchs in western society Prince William is considered a star and is valued primarily for entertainment purposes His ancestor Edward III would certainly be shocked and would no doubt question the validity of referring to someone such as a future monarch in this fashion In the past monarchs have not been viewed as sources of entertainment but rather as rulers of the country In contrast to today monarchs have been rulers of their countries in which they rule the state but never the church1 As time went by the monarchy grew more powerful and after Henry VIII king of England established the Church of England monarchs began to rule both the church and the state As various monarchs have attempted to dominate over both the church and the state they have not only been unsuccessful in their quests but it has also led to the loss of government control The evolution of the monarchy into the present state of figurehead has roots that can be traced through a complicated set of political interchanges between monarchs and their subjects as far back as the sixteenth century To discuss the evolution of the monarchy a monarch must be viewed in the situation in which heshe only had control over the state Edward IV king of England is a prime example of a monarch who had no power over the church Edward IV married a commoner named Elizabeth Woodville He had already been precontracted to a princess in France however and because he did not have the approval of the Pope until after the marriage2 the validity of his marriage to Elizabeth was always questioned Edward IV was completely powerless to make the decision as the choice was left to the Pope The Pope was considered to be a messenger sent from God and any ruling he made was
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