Louis XIV

Louis XIV, or the “Sun King” is remembered in history as a absolutist French ruler.  Louis XIV immensely long reign extended 72 years (1643-1715).  While in power Louis contributed in creating a centralized state.  This movement had begun in the Early Modern State in moving away from feudalism and appeasing nobility.  Louis strove for peace, law, beauty, order, and splendor in order to consolidate the central state and it’s power.   Louis was most influential and powerful in the late  17th century and had made France a prominent figure in the world.  Louis XIV built the Palace of Versailles, which is known for its symmetrical gardens and opulent architecture.  The height of his power however, was the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.  Louis was very powerful and able to persecute with authority the Huguenots.

The Life of Louis XIV Video

The Sun King

Louis XIV is famous for saying "L'etat c'est moi!" or "I am the state"

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