Louis XIV | Brief Biography


Louis XIV | Brief Biography

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Louis XIV  Brief Biography

Louis XIV

Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was the King of France from 1643 to 1715. He ruled the country during a time of great cultural, economic, and military development, and his reign is often seen as the epitome of absolutism in European history.

Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, and was the son of King Louis XIII and Queen Anne. He became king at the age of four after the death of his father, and his mother served as his regent until he came of age.

In 1661, he married Maria Theresa of Spain, and the couple had several children, including the famous King Louis XV. Louis XIV was known for his strong sense of duty and his devotion to the state, and he worked tirelessly to increase the power and influence of France both at home and abroad.

One of the key ways Louis XIV centralized power was by expanding the reach of the French bureaucracy and establishing a strict system of taxation and administration. He also built a powerful army and navy and used military force to expand French territory and defend its borders.

One of the most notable events of Louis XIV’s reign was the construction of the Palace of Versailles. The palace was designed as a symbol of Louis XIV’s power and prestige, and it became a center of political, cultural, and social life in France.

In addition to his political and military achievements, Louis XIV was also a patron of the arts, and he supported many of the leading writers, musicians, and artists of his time, including Jean-Baptiste Lully, Moliere, and Nicolas Poussin.

Despite his many accomplishments, Louis XIV’s reign was not without controversy. He was accused of religious intolerance, and many of his policies, including the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, which revoked the rights of French Protestants, caused great suffering and resentment among large portions of the population.

Louis XIV died on September 1, 1715, at the age of 76. His legacy is complex, but he is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and influential monarchs in French history. 0 0 0.


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N.B. The article originally belongs to the book ‘Brief Biographies of Eminent Monarchs‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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