Essay title: absolutism and louis xiv an absolute monarch is a ruler by divine right who has control over every portion of his kingdom the most famous absolute monarch, louis xiv, had the longest reign of any of the french kings. Louis xiv in 1670, engraved portrait by robert nanteuil, yale university art gallery during louis’s reign, france was the leading european power and fought three major wars: the franco-dutch war, the war of the league of augsburg, and the war of the spanish succession. Louis was a de fender of gallicanism, the belief that the monarchy pos sessed certain rights over the catholic church in france, irrespective of papal powers in the 1670s, louis claimed the regale or the right of the french king to appoint the lower clergy and collect the revenues of a diocese when it was vacant.
The splendid century is a history covering various aspects of life in france during the reign of louis xiv the first chapter was mainly about the king's scandalous love life and grandiose beliefs about himself. The reign of louis xiv (1638-1715) defined the era of the ‘grand siècle’ and saw france rise to dominance on the european stage voltaire’s siècle de louis xiv (1751) is the starting-point for any reflection on the political and cultural history of the era. Louis xiv, also popularly known as the sun king (5 september 1638–1 september 1715) was the king of france and king of navarre from 14 may 1643 until his death he was a king for 72 years he was a king for 72 years.
On the anniversary of his death, get the facts on the so-called sun king 1 few monarchs have ruled for longer born in 1638, louis xiv became king at age 4 following the death of his father. The reign of france's louis xiv (1638–1715) is still the longest of any european leader louis enlarged the french territories significantly in a series of successful wars that made france the. The need to reign supreme in cultural matters also spawned french classicism, the crowning cultural achievement of france's golden age under louis xiv as the sun king's reign passed into its twilight years, some judged the social stability and routine he had created as oppressive to the individual spirit.
The time of louis xiv was a very strong period of history for france many people will say that france was made a better country during this time many will argue that nothing was done for france during this time during the reign of louis xiv france e. Ten minute history - the early spanish and portuguese empires (short documentary) - duration: 10:00 ten minute history 393,823 views. Louis xiv shocked the country of france by becoming his own chief minister this had several implications first, the “reign of the cardinal ministers,” in which a religious minister had the ear of the king, was effectively over. Under rule of louis xiv, france had the largest population and the greatest army, making it the most powerful country in europe the monarch soon decided that it was time to start expanding in 1667, french troops invaded the spanish netherlands in an attempt to expand the french border.
French furniture pieces from the 18th-century louis xiv furniture france entered the 18th century in full, magnificent gallop louis xiv, its greatest monarch, the sun king, had earned france. Louis, dauphin of france, called le grand dauphin (1661 – 1711) was the son of king louis xiv (1638-1715) and his wife maria theresa of spain (1638-1683) louis was the only legitimate born child of louis xiv which reached adulthood. Louis xiv of france, king of kings born on september 5, 1638, louis was christened louis-dieudonné, meaning 'gift of god' and became king at the age of four upon the death of his father, louis. King louis xiv’s reign was a time replete with war the fronde was a series of french civil wars that took place between 1648 and 1653 there were also many religious wars fought in france during the 16 th century between roman catholics and protestants.
In this lesson, we explore the reign of louis xiv in france domestically, louis revolutionized numerous facets of french government and administration over his 72-year reign. The palace of versailles, a brainchild of louis xiv, best exemplifies the great opulence during the reign of france's greatest monarch built with this end in mind, the significance of versailles during the reign of louis xiv is unquestionable. Louis xv, byname louis the well-beloved, french louis le bien-aimé, (born february 15, 1710, versailles, france—died may 10, 1774, versailles), king of france from 1715 to 1774, whose ineffectual rule contributed to the decline of royal authority that led to the outbreak of the french revolution in 1789.