Dynasty

A dynasty is a lineage of rulers, sometimes also referred to as a ‘house’, for example, the House of Habsburg or the House of Bourbon. The metaphor of the house relates the ruling family to the realm over which it rules: the monarch is the master of the house, ruling the dynasty as well as the subjects of his realm. The right to rule is inherited within the family. Like the monarchy, the dynasty derives its legitimacy from religion, being appointed by divine right.