Differences Between Louis Xiv And Russian King

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The Russian Tyrant Vs. the Sun King When a ruler holds authority that is only second to the divine beings themselves, an absolute monarch is born. Throughout history, Europe has been home to many monarchs that help define the term absolutism. Most notably are Louis XIV of France and Peter I of Russia during the late 17th century. When examining a ruler’s legacy underneath the context of an absolute monarch, how nice or how effective of a ruler they were has no bearing. On the contrary, an absolute monarch is defined by their actions and how capable they are of imposing their will onto their subjects, regardless of how incorrect or radical others may deem. And when these two rulers are judged under this guideline, Peter I was simply more domineering …show more content…

Both individuals shared the sentiment that control of the church is essential to the control of the people. Throughout Louis XIV’s rule, he clashed with prominent religious figure for control over the French Church. Even the Pope was no match as in 1682, Louis XIV passed four articles into office that stripped the papacy of any power in France and successfully brought the French Catholic Church under his rule. Furthermore. Louis XIV believed that religious uniformity was integral for control over the people of the state. Therefore, during his rule, he used his power as head of the state to persecute religious minorities and force them to convert into Catholicism. Among these groups were those who followed Quietism, Jansenists and most notably Huguenots. In 1685, he revoked the Edict of Nantes made in 1598 that protected these French Protestants from persecution from the state. Peter I on the other hand saw the church as a potential threat and wanted to subdue it. So when the head of the Russian church died in 1700, Peter the Great decided not to replace him. Instead a year later, Peter the Great introduced the he Monasheskiy Prikaz, which was a council that governed religious matters in Russia. Later in 1721, the Holy Sonod took it’s place, essentially acting as the same role. Despite their identity as a separate entity, these councils were subordinates of Peter the Great and gave him full control of the church and religious matters in Russia. As a result, the church essentially became a department of the state. He even invited foreign powers to govern religious matters in Russia. In 1700 to 1762, 70 of the 127 hierarchs who headed cathedrals in Russia were from Ukraine and only 47 from Russia and the rest originated from other regions. Many of the Russian clergyman wanted to oppose Peter I, but no one was able to stop

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