A monarchy where a king has absolute power is an example of despotism.
At the same time his paternal despotism tended to emasculate the Tuscan character.
The appeal to Rome was a natural course to be advocated by Wolsey, whose despotism over the English church depended upon an authority derived from Rome; but it was probably a mistake.
The government was a despotism, but a king who aroused the extreme dissatisfaction of his subjects was liable to be murdered.
He came into collision with philanthropists, and was supposed to approve of despotism for its own sake.