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The Arrogrance of Louis XIV and Creon

- Power- something so potent, yet so easy to misuse. Not everyone can obtain power, however those who possess it often acquire arrogance. Louis XIV held total control of France, abusing his dominance. Louis called himself ‘the Sun King’, believing that everything revolved around him. His pompousness led him to making foolish decisions, as he considered himself to be superior. If you don’t use your brain, you will ultimately lose it, as Louis was beheaded by the determined citizens of France....   [tags: Antigone, Louis XIV]

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Louis Xiv : The Throne Of A Man

- ... Because he had all the power and money, he “commissioned and established various academies that promoted and taught the arts that were recognized internationally” (Dyer). King Louis also chose the finest and most lavish pieces of artwork he could get his hands on. “On a grander scale, Louis dictated the standards for all forms of artistic production” (Fiero). The quote possibly meant that his standards for artistic production should represent the wealthy and the royalty, should be made by the greatest, talented, and well known artists during his time, and made by the most expensive materials....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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The Palace Of Versailles By Louis Xiv

- ... He imposed his etiquette on the court, the rules of superiority in which the nobles had to submit to, he created a kingdom of centralisation and absolutism around him and he was able to do this by distracting the nobility court members with opulent residences in the palace . There were three main people hired to take on the task of building the palace, Louis le Vau was the architect who had previously designed the Louvre palace, named by Louis XIV as ‘the greatest French artist of all time’ , Charles le Brun was the main decorator and painter and the main landscape architect was Andre le Notre, he also redesigned the Tuileries after his father ....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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Louis Xiv And Peter The Great

- During the 16th and 17th centuries a new type of ruling emerged as a result of unorganized government called royal absolutism. This type of government was seen in many European countries including France and Russia where King Louis XIV and Peter the Great ruled respectively. Both had ways of ruling that were similar to each other and different to each other. Politically, economically and socially both Louis XIV and Peter the Great were similar to and different from how they ruled and what their reign resulted....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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Louis Xiv The Great And The Sun King

- ... After the establishment of his absolute power Louis XIV quickly understood that in order to strengthen his position and eliminate the consequences of the Fronde he needs to have a better control over nobility. Therefore, the Court played three roles: it was a household where the royal family lived, a social center for the highest nobility, and the administrative office of France. However, it did not seem to be enough to Louis XIV, he ordered to remodel [expand] his father’s château in Versailles into a palace that will represent Louis’s greatness and power....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XIII of France]

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Louis Xiv 's Absolute Monarchy

- “Some consider it a new thing, they hope to be able to stop it; whereas others judge it irresistible because to them it seems the most continuous, the oldest, and the most permanent fact known in history” (Democracy in America 3). Here Tocqueville likens democracy to a relentless, continuously expanding force where “all events, like all men, serve its development.” (Democracy in America 6). It is a system of government that is upheld with a purpose as it is “a sign of [God 's] will” (Democracy in America 6)....   [tags: Democracy, Monarchy, Louis XIV of France]

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Louis Xiv 's Power Under The Palace Of Versailles

- ... As the king had absolute power in France, receiving attention from him meant everything for the nobility. Many of them would spend years at the castle participating in the monarch 's activities in an attempt to receive a nod or perhaps a laugh from the king. It was said that if you were a noble who didn 't reside in the Palace of Versailles you were worthless. Being seen by the king was pr While this act might seem futile on the surface, it is what gave the king ultimate power over Europe 's most powerful kingdom at the time....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XV of France]

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Should We Bow to Louis XIV?

- Should We Bow to Louis XIV. Louis XIV, ruler of France for 72 years, is known for stabilizing France and making the country a strong European power. However, many of his projects were costly and caused economic problems for the nation. His personal lavish luxuries also were a financial burden to France. By the end of his reign, nearly all of the land he had acquired through warfare had to be returned, thus wasting enormous sums of French money. King Louis XIV reigned in France from 1643-1715. For 54 of these years, he reigned without the help of an official Prime Minister....   [tags: French History King Louis XIV Essays]

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Comparing King Louis XIV of France and King Philip II of Spain

- The palace of Versailles was built by King Louis XIV of France and the Escorial was built by King Philip II of Spain. The two kings each had their differences about their beliefs on how to rule, yet there are some similarities. Louis XIV believed in showing off his power and being open. Philip II was a simplistic guy devoted to Catholicism. They both had military to spread their beliefs and ideas. Despite the kings’ beliefs, their palaces reflected their ideals. King Louis XIV was a showy and self-absorbed king....   [tags: King Louis XIV, France, King Philip II, Spain]

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Louis XIV, France’s Sun King

- Louis XIV, France’s Sun King Louis XIV, France’s Sun King, had the longest reign in European history (1643-1715). During this time he brought absolute monarchy to its height, established a glittering court at Versailles, and fought most of the other European countries in four wars. Although his reign had some negative aspects; on balance, Louis’ reign was primarily a benefit to France. In 1643 Louis XIII died. Louis XIII’s wife and Louis XIV’s mother, Anne of Austria, aided by her minister, Cardinal Mazarin, ruled France as regent....   [tags: French King Louis XIV Essays]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV After being ruled by a prime minister for so long, France needed some changes. That is exactly what Louis the XIV would bring to France. In an age of separation, Louis wanted to start a unification process. He started this by giving himself sole power and also only having one religion for the country. The king is always the center of attention good or bad. Louis was prepared to take the good with the bad, and handled it well. He emphasized the king as the center of attention....   [tags: France French King Louis XIV Essays]

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Louis XIV and His Court

- There were many negative comments and many positive comments about Louis XIV and his court. In Louis XIV’s court, the closer a person was to the king, or the more he did for a person, the more that person likes him. The more distant you were from the king, the more you disliked him. People that were more distant from the king disliked him more. Madame de Motteville’s Account of The Parisian Disturbances (which was a second hand account) painted a positive picture of the court. Madame de Motteville was a person who was closer to the king....   [tags: the Sun King, Versailles, Louis the Great]

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Louis XIV and the Palace of Versailles

- There is just something about Paris, France that draws in millions of visitors every year. Maybe it is the cobbled streets, or the picturesque cafes down small alleys, or perhaps it is the “love in the air”. In the City of Lights, there is just so much to do and explore. Millions of tourists flock to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower every year, but only a few miles away lies another jewel, a palace so magnificent the gods wept at its beauty. The Palace of Versailles is a stunning structure built by Louis XIV to glorify France during the 16th century, and it exudes French sophistication and extravagance....   [tags: Baroque Architecture, Royal Chapel]

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The Absolutism Of King Louis XIV

- Louis XIV, the ruler of France from the late seventeenth century to the early eighteenth century, claimed, “I am the state.” He considered this to be absolutism. His goal, also acquainted with absolutism, was, “one king, one law, one faith;” Furthermore, Louis wanted to promote religious unity, royal dignity, and security of the state. In order to achieve this goal, he had to rule with a firm hand, laying down the law for all to see. Louis XIV’s absolutism fostered in four major parts: the building of Versailles to control the nobility, the breeding of a strong military, the improvement of France’s economy, and, while quite harsh, the brutal extinction of religious toleration....   [tags: Royalty]

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Louis XIV and Peter the Great

- As you wrote in the assignment sheet, Louis XIV and Peter the Great both wanted to do great things. They had many goals in common, as well as many different goals, and, though the two had much in common, worked in very different ways to achieve said goals. They were both autocrats, believing that all decisions concerning the countries in which they lived should be made by them. They both wanted to expand their countries—not only physically, in the context of gaining more and more land, but also building up strong armies and increasing their countries prestige....   [tags: military, government, land]

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The French Style Of Louis Xiv

- After the death of Louis XIV in 1715 a new king arose, Louis XV. With this change brought a new zeitgeist and a fresh taste of art. The French had been setting the trends, and while Baroque art originated in Rome, Rococo art originated in France in the 1720s, and then spread across Europe where there was a fascination with French art and culture. The French set the standards for what’s en vogue and in a total monopoly made France the centre of fashion in the 18th century . But it went out of control in this very fashion conscious society where they braved discomfort and sometimes pain pursuing absurdly flamboyant fashion....   [tags: Baroque, Rococo, History of painting]

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The Legacy of Louis XIV

- "L'état c'est moi," (I am the state). These were the words of the Sun King to the Parliament of Paris in 1655. He stated: there is no procedure, no judiciary or legislature, and no deliberations. He could write a letter and declare anyone he wanted to be arrested, for whatever reason. King Louis could decide to go to war. He could make laws and repeal them on a whim (Biography, Cranny pg.62). As a leader, Louis XIV used war to try and resolve problems. However, he did build the Palace of Versailles and help establish the western world’s first dance institution; both of which still draw tourists from around the world....   [tags: Treaty of Nijmegen, versailes, french]

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A Powerful Monarch Louis XIV

- Louis XIV reigned as the King of France for seventy-two years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs in the country of Europe. With his interest in the arts he changed France’s culture from medieval to exquisite. Louis wanted to have no remnants of feudalism, he wanted an absolute monarchy. His aim was to have monarchy be the most important political authority. Louis XIV was a very powerful monarch who symbolized absolute monarchy and helped France gain great power. Louis XIV was the first child of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria and was considered to be God-given....   [tags: arts, feudalism, political authority]

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Louis XIV: An Absolute Monarch

- Frightfully stimulated as a child from a home intrusion by Parisians during an aristocratic revolt in 1651, Louis XIV realized his rule would be decisive, militant, and absolute (458). His lengthy reign as Frances’ king and how he ruled would be the example that many countries throughout Europe would model their own regimes under. With this great authority also came greater challenges of finance and colonization. In the 17th century, the era of absolute monarchs were the means to restore European life (458)....   [tags: Absolutism]

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Louis XIV: The Sun King

- During the 17th century, the ideals of absolutism is completely condensened in the statement by King Louis XIV “Un roi, un loi, un foi” which translates to “One king, one law, one faith”. As the model for the rest of European powers that wanted to achieve absolutist rule, Louis XIV achieved his goals (of one king, one law, and one faith) very well. For the first portion of his quote, “one king”, Louis consolidated his power in many ways. France, as well as many other countries throughout the middle ages and early renaissance, had their power balanced between the nobles and the dynastic ruling class, where nobles controlled their individual provinces and the king would have to rely on his nob...   [tags: notorious monarchs of France]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV of France was the longest reigning monarch in European history. His reign began when he was five years old and lasted until shortly before his death at the age of seventy-seven (1643-1715). In power for such as extended time, Louis generated many friends and many enemies. As noted in Louis XIV and His Court, there were many negative comments and many positive comments about Louis XIV and his court during his long reign. In Louis XIV’s court, the closer a person was to the king, or the more he did for a person, the more that person liked him....   [tags: reign, leader, king]

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King Louis XIV

- King Louis XIV When Louis XIV took over the French throne, he was thrust into middle of the Thirty Years’ War. However, as Louis was only five at the time, he did not do much ruling. The Thirty Years’ War ended with France losing some of its military reputation. Louis grew up with a hatred for the nobles due to the insurrection during the beginning of his reign. Because of this, Louis XIV would never trust the nobles and would spend his reign slowly taking their power away from them. Louis XIV ruled for seventy-two years, from May 14, 1643 to September 1, 1715....   [tags: centralized power in france]

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The Palace of Versailles and the Absolutism of Louis XIV

- The Palace of Versailles and the Absolutism of Louis XIV Absolutism describes a form of monarchical power that is unrestrained by all other institutions, such as churches, legislatures, or social elites. To achieve absolutism one must first promote oneself as being powerful and authoritative, then the individual must take control of anyone who might stand in the way of absolute power. The Palace of Versailles helped King Louis XIV fulfill both of those objectives. Versailles used propaganda by promoting Louis with its grandiosity and generous portraits that all exuded a sense of supremacy....   [tags: World History ]

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Peter the Great and Louis XIV and Absolutism

- During the reigns of King Louis XIV of France and King Peter I of Russia, also known as Peter the Great, the nobility was under strict control to limit its power and status in society and government. Both autocrats, or absolute rulers, put the nobles in an area separate from the rest of society to keep them under close watch. The kings’ opinion in religion also impacted the status and power of the nobility because most of them were skilled Protestants. This would prove itself as a problem in the long run for Louis XIV....   [tags: nobility, power, government, tyrants]

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French History: King Louis XIV

- L’Etat c’est moi”, also known as “I am the state”, was said by one of the most influential Kings that France had ever seen. Louis XIV, had not only changed France in ways no other King had previously done, but he also reigned for one of the longest terms, seventy-two years. Some previously referred to Louis as “le Grande” or “le Roi Soleil”, which mean “The Great” and “The Sun King”, even still today, the people in France believe that during Louis rule, this time period could be considered “The Golden Century”....   [tags: nobels, golden century]

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King Louis The Absolute Monarchy

- ... No one disobeyed him and they all moved into the palace. Everyday these nobles would dress him each by one article of clothing and it was considered a privilege to do so. Also the nobles would gather around him and watch him eat. Again these people would be considered privileged if he talked to one of them. This just shows how he had the people submitting to his will because of the people dressing him and watching him eat, as well as being able to make changes as he wishes shown by his ability to move the government to his palace....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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The Reign of King Louis XIV

- The Reign of King Louis XIV Louis XIV had a passion for glory and used it to fight four wars because he was motivated by personal and dynastic considerations. King Louis XIV was born in 1638. He became king at age four, and received only a mediocre education. He was taught nothing beyond pious works and decorous behavior at religious observances. He came into full power of France in 1661. Louis married Maria Theresa of Spain in 1659. When Mazarin died in 1661, Louis decided he didn’t want a powerful advisor and then started to change history....   [tags: European History]

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Louis XIV and Peter The Great

- Research Essay Absolute rulers like Louis xiv and Peter the Great strengthened there countries butweakened them economically. They made great improvements to the armies and social aspects of the kingdom. But when they were improving all of these things it ended up costing them a great deal of money. Was it good to have a great army and government if everyone had no money. Absolutism is a political theory holding that all power should bevested in one ruler or other authority....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Great Individuals: Akbar the Great vs. Louis XIV

- ... First, the lives and reigns of both Akbar and Louis XIV were influenced by multiple factors that served as “caves/chains”, including religion and the conditions under which the two rulers came into power. Not only was Akbar raised an orthodox Muslim, but Muslims also dominated Mughal Indian government at the time when he was born and became emperor. Likewise, Louis XIV was born into the Catholic faith. Furthermore, both leaders inherited their positions from their fathers at a young age with unstable conditions in certain aspects of their empires....   [tags: empire, muslim, india]

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The Reign of Louis XIV

- Louis XIV was born in 1638. In the year 1661 he succeeded the regent Cardinal Mazarin. At the time he was only twenty-three. Louis applied the symbol of the sun to his reign; "the light that imparts to the other heavenly bodies." Louis intended to make the other states of Europe "the other heavenly bodies," him take taking the role and duties of the sun. As you will see King Louis XIV was a very proud, clever, glory-hungry, and well-spoken ruler. There are three authors in the section on Louis XIV who discuss the qualities and short-comings during his time of power....   [tags: European History]

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Louis XIV the Responsible for France´s Financial Burden

- In 1643, the French had to put their faith and future into a five year old boy named Louis XIV (Elena Steingrad). Since the future king was so young, they had to put French officials into power until Louis was old enough. Finally, when he grew up he became a great king and led France to great power (Elena Steingrad). Even though he made France’s power rise and proved he was a great ruler, he ruined France financially and economically for the future. Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1639 and was known to be the “god-given” child of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria (Elena Steingrad)....   [tags: leader, Palace of Versailles, French history]

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Louis XIV and Absolute Monarchism

- Louis XIV and Absolute Monarchism Louis XIV (the fourteenth) was an absolute monarch. He was often called "the Sun King," and ruled over France. He devoted himself to helping France achieve economic, political, and cultural prominence. Many historians believe the phrase "absolute power corrupts absolutely" mirrors Louis' reign. Louis XIV revoked the Edict on Nantes, changing the economy of France in one motion. By creating the city of Versailles and being a major patron of the arts, Louis was very influential on French culture....   [tags: Papers]

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Henry VIII And Louis XIV

- Henry VIII and Louis XIV Henry VIII and Louis XIV were both men whose accomplishments on a national level for their respective countries of England and France were great, but whose very different personal problems gave them a negative impression in history. The two leaders had very different ruling styles, but with a few similar themes throughout. Perhaps the best thing to look at first is their very different attitudes toward God and God¹s power in monarchy and state. Henry VIII on England grew up as a very strong Catholic, at the insistence of his mother and father....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis XIV--Palace of Versailles

- At What Cost Should Splendid be Achieved. Splendid is a term that Webster's Dictionary defines as 1. Magnificent and sumptuous. 2. Distinguished or glorious. Splendour means even more than that. It can be used to describe something so excellent in all ways that it leaves a person in awe. The Palace of Versailles is often associated with that term, but should it. The Palace is indeed magnificent, but what the king had done to his country and people was not. This palace cost the country of France a great amount of money, but that still did not make the king change his decision about building it....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Absolutism and Louis XIV

- Absolutism and Louis XIV Louis XIV of France had had both a long and powerful reign on the throne. He was able to achieve this due to the development of absolutism in France. Absolutism is defined as the political idea that absolute power should be vested in a single ruler. The whole idea of absolutism originally came from philosopher Jean Bodin in the 16th Century. Louis¹ absolutism developed with four major parts: The breeding of a strong and controlled military, The building of Versailles to control the nobility, The selling of nobility, and The appointed of an advisor....   [tags: Papers]

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Louis XIV and Religion

- Louis XIV and Religion Louis XIV was a devoted Catholic. Even so, his wish to centralize and unify France caused conflict between France and Rome. Like his ancestors before him, Louis and the clergy of France upheld the tradition of Gallicianism, control of the French church by the throne. On of the most serious of these conflicts involved Louis' claim to income from vacant positions in the French Catholic church. Out of this conflict came a document known as the Four Gallican Articles, which reaffirmed the throne's supremacy over the pope, even in doctrinal matters....   [tags: Papers]

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Louis XIV: Absolute Monarchist

- 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 achieved this as a result of his reformed laws, foreign policy, a smart economic advisor, and his decision to deny power to the nobility. Although some of these ideas could be viewed as having a negative impacting on France, overall Louis XIV’s absolute government was beneficial to the development of his country....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis Le Vau And The French Classical Style

- ... Through the mixture of these classic roman and renaissance Italian architect styles, Le Vau developed a repertoire of design elements that he would utilize in the structure and ornamentation for his own works. In his earlier collection of work, Le Vau designed grand structures, retaining the French tradition of assembling various building units opposed to establishing a single uniform, unified whole. The classical elements surrounding the building’s interior and façade, such as the pilasters, columns, and pediments, appeared out of place, sporadic even, forcing the whole effect of the building to be more provincial than monumental....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV In the seventeenth century there were different types of leaders in Europe. The classic monarchial rule was giving way to absolutist rule. Absolute kings claimed to be ruling directly from God, therefore having divine rule that could not be interfered with. In 1643 Louis XIV began his reign over France as an absolute king. When Louis the XIV began his rule in 1643, his actions immediately began to suggest and absolute dictatorship. Because of the misery he had previously suffered, one of the first things he did was to decrease the power of the nobility....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV Greed is defined in the dictionary as selfish and grasping desire for possession; especially of wealth. It is also described as a noun. This definition can be directly related and best describes Louis XIV, the king of France in the sixteen hundreds. The effects of greed destroying peoples lives can be seen in the beginning of Louis XIV’s reign, during his reign, and after his reign had ended Louis XIV inherited the throne in 1643 when he was only five (Cairns 103). From the moment he entered power and his reign began he had greedy intentions and enormous ideas of divine rule (Cairns 112)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis XIV

- LOUIS XIV Louis XIV was one of four leaders, (along with Charles V, Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler) who had an opportunity to establish their hegemony over much of Europe in the time period after 1500. Although Louis XIV failed in his attempt to dominate Europe politically, it was during this time span that Europe was very strongly influenced by French culture and civilization. Louis XIV is a paradigm of European monarchs. He was known as Louis the Great, The Grand Monarch, and the Sun King....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV (1638-1715) Although Louis XIV, also known as Louis the Great, brought death and destruction through his wars, there are many positive aspects of his reign, such as the creation of Versailles and the building of France’s national army. He did what had never been done before. He changed the lifestyle and the attitude of France by creating one of the most powerful monarchies ever to be built and at the same time, reassured all the nobility and other wealthy groups of their political and social standings....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV The Sun King, Louis XIV was only four years old when he succeeded his father to the French throne. Often not cared for, he nearly drowned because no one was watching him as he played near a pond. (The Sun King) This began to shape in his young mind, and gave him an early fear of God. Louis was also shaped by the French Civil War. In this, the Paris Parliament rose against the crown. For five years, Louis would suffer fear, cold, hunger and other spirit-breaking events. He would never forgive Paris, the nobles, or the common people....   [tags: Papers]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV Louis XIV was a good leader for many reasons, some of which will come out in this essay. Louis ruled with an iron fist, he didn't let anyone mess with France, and if they did , he made them suffer. Second, Louis had mercy on those who betrayed him, a trait rarely seen in his day and age. Third most he did his best to bring down the nobles of France, particularly the more richer ones who thought they were above the law. Louis ruled with an iron fist he didn't let anyone mess around with France, if anyone had the guts to even think about challenging his power over the people of France he would do he would go out of his way to make them suffer....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- Louis xiv Louis XIV gained power for himself and his national government through absolutism. Absolutism is unlimited power in government and society. In government to be an absolutist the king would have unlimited power in all forms of the government such as the legislative, judicial, executive, and revenues. As an absolutist Louis would have unlimited power in the society by controlling the economy and church. To control the church he would follow the divine right of kings, which goes along with absolutism, and be a figure to the people that is spoken through by God....   [tags: European Europe History]

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Louis XIV

- Louis XIV was only four years old when he succeeded his father to the French throne. Often uncared for, he nearly drowned because no one was watching him as he played near a pond. This began to shape in his young mind an early fear of God. Louis' character was also shaped by the French Civil War. In this, the Paris Parlement rose against the crown. For five years, Louis would suffer fear, cold, hunger and other spirit-breaking events. He would never forgive Paris, the nobles, or the common people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Louis XIV

- King Louis XIV By the time Louis XIV came to power in 1643 at the tender young age of five. The king was made progressively aware that France indeed needed large amounts of money to pull themselves out of bankruptcies and later on to be able to get the luxuries, which would become available at the court of France. Louis XIV born in 1638 reined France from 1643- 1715, which is the longest reign in European history. Louis was born at Saint- Germain- en- Laye, and was the third monarch of the Bourbon Family....   [tags: Papers]

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Louis XIV's Similarities to Machiavelli's The Prince

- Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638, and ruled as King of France and of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death at the age of 76. He took over the throne a few months before his fifth birthday, but didn't actually assume actual control of the government until his First Minister, Jules Cardinal Mazarin, died in 1661. He was to become King of France after his father, Louis XIII, died of tuberculosis. He achieved the role of king by ways of hereditary monarchy, which is one of the ways to become a ruler, as stated by Machiavelli....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Louis XIV: The Greatest Leader of France

- Louis XIV: The Greatest Leader of France The Days of Elegance The term "splendid" is one that most English speaking people are familiar with. To most of those people it has a meaning related to the overall appearance or feeling of what ever is being described. Webster's dictionary defines the term as: 1. magnificent and sumptuous. 2. distinguished or glorious. Splendor is more that that. It is an adjective that could be used to describe something so great and breath taking that one is left awed....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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King Louis XIV: A Disastrous Ruler

- King Louis XIV: A Disastrous Ruler It is often debated whether or not the reign of King Louis XIV had a positive or negative effect on France. Although there were improvements during his reign in transportation, culture, and national defense, there were far more negative aspects. He depleted the national treasury with his liberal spending on personal luxuries and massive monuments. His extreme fear of the loss of power led to poor decision making, which caused the court to be of lower quality....   [tags: European History Essays]

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Louis XIV vs. Julius Caesar

- Louis XIV vs. Julius Caesar There have been many powerful leaders in history. Many of them share certain characteristics. Louis XIV was one of these leaders. He displayed characteristics like ambitious, arrogant, and oppressive. Many characters from the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar share these characteristics with Louis XIV. Some of the characters, from the play, that share these characteristics with Louis are Brutus, Caesar, Marullus, and Flavius. All of these characters have said something or acted a certain way to show their similarity with Louis XIV....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Most Successful Absolute Monarch in Europe was Louis XIV of France

- Of all the absolute rulers in Europe, by far the best example of one, and the most powerful, was Louis XIV of France. Although Louis had some failures, he also had many successes. He controlled France’s money and had many different ways to get, as well as keep his power, and he knew how to delegate jobs to smart, but loyal people. According to the text book, an absolute monarch is a king or queen who has unlimited power and seeks to control all aspects of society (McDougall little, 1045). In more simple terms, it is a ruler who can do just about anything without having to get permission from anyone, or having to worry about the repercussions....   [tags: Monarchy, European History, French History]

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Taking a Look at the Palace of Versailles

- The Palace of Versailles was the official home of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Originally, a hunting lodge built in 1624 by Louis XIII, but then was expanded by Louis XIV in the beginning of 1669. With beautiful architecture and amazing landscape, it is one of the most well- known and beautiful palaces in France. Its garden is so unique and one of Europe's largest. It played a huge responsibility in French government and was used for some of the biggest meetings of Kings and Queens....   [tags: Louis XIV, architecture]

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The French Fashion Revolution:

- Fashion is not simply clothing, nor is it just an assortment of pictures in the latest issue of Vogue. Instead, it is a highly colorful form of textile and visual culture that plays an essential role in life, both the cultural and social aspects. As a forerunner in history for centuries, the fashion industry is a major economic player. It is among the top ten leading industries between all well established and developing countries in the western and eastern worlds. Rebecca Arnold sums up fashion merely as this, It shapes our bodies, and the way that we look at other people’s bodies....   [tags: louis xiv, clothes]

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Absolute Monarchy in Different Empires Throughout History

- Absolute monarchs ruled though the policy of absolutism. Absolutism declared that the king ruled though divine right with a legitimate claim to sole and uncontested authority (French State Building and Louis XIV). On this basis, Louis XIV of France and Suleiman I of the Ottoman Empire were both absolute monarchs. Each ruler believed that his power belonged to him and him alone due to divine right. They showed their absolute power by living lavishly, increased their power by waging wars, and kept their power by ensuring complete loyalty of their subjects....   [tags: absolutism, louis XIV, suleiman I]

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The Great Britain Society And The French Empire

- The Importance Of Commoners The French Empire from King Louis XIV-XVI and Great Britain 1700-1800 had more in common than hating each other, they relied on their commoners greatly. Although the reasoning is different in each society. The chief similarity between the Great Britain society and the French Empire is that they were both reliant on the commoners to help them succeed. The difference between the two societies is the French Empire was reliant on the commoner’s support of the monarchy to assist foreign policy....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XV of France]

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Religious Conformity And State Of The King Of France

- ... Preachers of both religions were prohibited to say anything in public that would offend other religion; festivals of both religions were celebrated equally. The main order was not to make any changes or differences anymore in the said religion and follow the rules of Edict in any condition. (Lualdi; 34-35) All of the charges on Reformed religion were cancelled and they were permitted to keep their faith peacefully and were supposed to be respected by everyone. (Lualdi; 35) Since the fighting was over, King thought that the toleration of new beliefs will bring peace in his Kingdom....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XV of France]

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Compare and Contrast of the Paintings: Man in a Red Turban and Louis XIV by Van Eyck and Rigaud

- Throughout the history of art, there has always been a plethora of portraiture, no matter the time period or the medium whether is be sculptures, paintings or even carvings. Humans have always been fascinated with themselves and the way others look. But it’s not always about vanity, it means so much more and can be conveyed in many different ways. In some cases, the artists moved beyond that of a simple likeness and can instill different emotions in the viewer. That being said, in this essay I will compare and contrast two portraits....   [tags: Portraiture, Baroque, Flemish]

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Descriptive Essay - Original Writing

- ... The grandeur of its power shined through a single canon of water that fired ninety feet into the air. Claws were swiping and arrows were firing until the question of human dominance reared its foreboding head. What is it about humans that makes us want to show our dominance over others. Is it our superiority complexes and need for approval. Or is there something innate that acts as the driving force that allows us to reach our goals. What was it about the need to feel important. From scribbling with crayons and markers to building marble statues, humans have strived to show visuals of our influence as individuals on this earth....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XV of France]

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A Comparison of the Characteristics of the Absolutist Rule of Charles I of England and Louis XIV of France

- A Comparison of the Characteristics of the Absolutist Rule of Charles I of England and Louis XIV of France While both the French and English empires were growing overseas, the modern system of great powers was evolving in Europe itself. France became Europe's superpower in the 1600's. Louis XIV, the "Sun King," served as a model of absolute royal power. England in the 1600's, by contrast, provided an early example of more democratic rule as Parliament limited the power of monarchs....   [tags: Papers]

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Limits And Boundaries Defined For Male And Female

- ... The shoes always had red soles, to express their luxury and exclusivity, as soon as the trend spread to lower classes he ordered a law which stated only members of his court were allowed to be seen in red soled heels. Extremely similar to today’s iconic red soled stiletto, which any fashion conscious person can spot and relate to the designer Christian Louboutin and associate their wearer to the same expensive, values and identity that the brand and shoe represents. “Christian Louboutin is heading back to court in the hope of protecting his famous red soles once and for all.” (Milligan, Vogue 2015) Replicating the history of King Louis XIV, Louboutin also made it illegal for anyone to im...   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Louis XIV of France, Male]

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The Study of Male Beauty

- Many artists started experimenting with new styles of art throughout the Baroque Ages to the present time. These paintings and sculptures were famous for the detailed work and the beauty of art. To define male beauty, these arts have simplified the creativity in masculinity. For centuries, the art of male beauty has been constantly changing and the portrayal of men has become more feminine in many artworks. These changes in these artworks were caused by the increase of time that has passed and the occurrences that had influenced people to associate these experiences through their masterpieces....   [tags: sculptures,artwork, louis XIV, baroques ages]

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Ballet And Classical Chinese Dance

- When one thinks of different dance forms, one would tend to look at the beauty of it and how it makes people feel. But understanding the origin of some of the dances should help one to appreciate the importance the art form of dance has made in history. Through both of the dance forms there would be a discussion between the origins as well as the similarities and contrast of ballet and classical Chinese dance. Ballet was first brought to light in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th Century, where the dancing masters would teach the steps to the nobility and the royal court would partake in performances....   [tags: Ballet, Dance, Louis XIV of France, 2nd millennium]

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Luis XIV, and His Selfish Ways

- Luis XIV, and His Selfish Ways If you were asked to answer the question, “Which king in European history was the best representative of absolutism?”, you would probably answer, “Louis XIV.” If you were asked to identify the king with the biggest palace and the most glamorous court, you would answer “Louis XIV.” If you were asked to identify the king whose reign coincided with the most glorious period of culture in his country's history, you would answer “Louis XIV.” If you were asked to identify what king fought an endless series of wars, heavily taxed his population, set up the pre-conditions for a revolution against his own system and was jeered by his people as his body was...   [tags: European History Essays]

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Louis Le Vau: The Architect of France

- Louis Le Vau: The Architect of France The 1600’s were influential years for interior design and architecture throughout the world, specifically in France. Design was becoming something to be celebrated, and with the Council of Trent calling for art that was less academic and more appealing to the public it was the perfect setting for a new era of design. Born in 1612 in Paris, Louis Le Vau would live on to become Chief Architect to the King. Originally from a wealthy family, Le Vau was trained by his father; a stone mason employed at Fontainebleau; and developed his skills in stone masonry....   [tags: interior design, the louvre]

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Comparing the Leadership of Queen Nzinga and Louis XIII

- ... For example, the Portuguese lusted after the slaves because they needed them to work on the sugar plantations in Brazil, and saw Ndongo as a valuable entree into this lucrative trade, however, Queen Nzinga risking her own life did whatever she can to protect her people from being enslaved. Although Queen Nzinga fought many battles, however, she did try to keep alliances with other empires, especially the Portuguese, which led her to converting into Christianity and making the Portuguese governor her godfather but only did so to keep her empire from harmful wars....   [tags: war, slavery, classes]

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Louis the Fourteenth and Western Civilization

- In today’s American society, the every day lives and routines of American citizens are impacted, affected, and ruled by the government. By studying the lives of people beginning in eighteenth century France, it is easy to see how the ruling government system impacts the everyday lives and routines of it‘s citizens. It is also easy to compare this society to the European civilization under the rule of Napoleon I, the American civilization under the rule of Woodrow Wilson, and Adolf Hitler. During the time period of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette is used today to represent the turmoil a country can experience with dire rule....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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- Introduction Perhaps one of the most famous of European monarchs, King Louis XIV ruled France for some 72 years, the longest by any French head of State. It is believed that reign of King Louis XIV was reputably famous as one of 'Absolute government', primarily because the King had his own particular and dominating style of governing the nation. Attaining the powers of a King at a young age of only 5 years, King Louis XIV would rule through his mother's guidance and Cardinal Mazarin acting as the head of state deciding most of the official and civilian matters concerning the governance of France....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jaques Louis David

- 1. Introduction Set on a stage of revolution and Enlightenment, the Neo-Classical period presents a broad and interesting topic. Jacques Louis David was the first political painter, and a true revolutionary, but one cannot disengage his art work from the social and political systems of the period. Therefore, this essay will present an overview of the social context and systems of Pre Revolution France, Neoclassicism and how David’s work was influenced by it and how his work influenced it. Also important to note are the art work that influenced Neoclassicism....   [tags: Art History Neo-Classical]

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Charles-Louis de Secondat et de Montesquieu and John Stuart Mill

- Charles-Louis de Secondat et de Montesquieu was a French social commentator and a political thinker who lived during the age of enlightenment. He discussed the ideas of separation of powers which carried out in many constitutions throughout the world. He protected the word despotism in the political branch of knowledge. John Stuart Mill was an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He made powerful contributions to social theory, political theory and political economy. Mill’s views on the concept of liberty rationalized the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control....   [tags: French social commentator, political thinkers]

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The French Revolution And The Haitian Revolution

- Throughout time individuals have rebelled against corrupt policies within society in order to obtain their autonomy as well as their rights as an individual. King Louis XIV of France, for instance, taxed the lower class of France, in order to construct his palace, the Palace of Versailles, which depicted his power and authority. If individuals refused to pay their taxes to Louis XIV, then as a result, they would be placed in prison or be executed, as a penalty. The lower class individuals of France began to question King Louis XIV’s authority, ultimately leading to numerous rebellions against his position as King of France....   [tags: Louis XVI of France, French Revolution]

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The French Revolution And The Revolution

- ... Only a small amount of other cities such as Lyons, Bordeaux, and Marseilles had more than 100,000 people living in them. This caused many tensions in and outside the cities. Once the agrarian crisis had begun it destroyed most of the crops that had been used to feed the millions of people that it could. The agrarian crisis was a hailstorm that killed all crops in France and when the government would not help the citizens they began to riot. The King of France Louis XIV also played a role in the cause of the French Revolution....   [tags: Louis XVI of France, French Revolution]

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The Downward Spiral Of The French Revolution

- The Downward Spiral of the French Revolution The country’s debt, excessive taxation, food shortages, and people’s frustration with the king as a weak ruler were a catalyst that led to the downward spiral of the French Revolution. France was the most powerful and populous nation in Europe. In the early 1700s, France had a population around 19 million, about three times that of England, approximately six times that of the United Netherlands, and six times the number of Finns and Swedes ruled by the king of Sweden, but years of royal absolutism rule left its economy in chaos....   [tags: French Revolution, Louis XVI of France]

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The French Revolution And The American Revolution

- ... The 1st estate which were the nobles, the 2nd estate which was the clergy had more control over the Estates General and the 3rd estate was one everyone else, like the peasant, middle class, poor class that always supported the 1st and 2nd estate, they were the reason for everything in the state, food, markets, etc. (Cole, Symes, Coffin, & Stacey, 2012, p. 429) After all these aspects and the meeting, the 3rd class created a national assembly, which wanted a new constitution. While the 3rd class was doing all of this, the king sent troops to calm down the crowd that were protesting against the king for the shortage of food and hundreds died (Cole, Symes, Coffin, & Stacey, 2012, p....   [tags: French Revolution, Louis XVI of France]

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Analysis Of ' Tale Of Two Cities ' And ' The French Revolution '

- ... Louis was a pushover, so when he brought the idea up to the nobles, and they told him no, he conceded. After pressure from the Parlement of Paris, Louis called in the French equivalent to Parliament, the Estates General after over 100+ years of adjournment to force the nobles to pay up. Within two weeks, Louis disbands the Estates General for the more democratic National Assembly, headed by sympathetic clergyman Sieyes. This is the group that is behind the famous Tennis Court Oath, that some of the nobles will work effortlessly, until a constitution that encompasses equality for all the French citizens is drafted (Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution)....   [tags: Louis XVI of France, French Revolution]

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Marie Antoinette And The French Revolution

- Ideas suggesting equality between both genders went unappreciated by society during the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette welcomed these ideas by implying individualism. Scholars classified Antoinette as a rude tramp, basing their conclusions off primaries from the frustrated poor folk. These frustrated people had been cheated by their king and his financial advisors, who failed to create solutions to help the country’s ailing economy. The public looked to blame anyone who may have caused the present situation....   [tags: Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI of France]

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Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz

- Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz was born in Motier, Switzerland on May 28, 1807. Born the son of a Protestant pastor, Louis Agassiz was raised in a religious environment but clearly possessed a deep interest in natural history and science. “I spent most of the time I could spare…in hunting the neighboring woods and meadows for birds, insects, and land and fresh water shells” (Lurie 9). Throughout his childhood and adolescence, his curiosities about nature and its origins drove him to become a prominent figure in natural history, zoology, and ichthyology....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Versailles Was A Symbol Of Absolute Monarchism

- Versailles was a symbol of absolute monarchism. It was cut off, elaborate and expensive. An example of how cut off Louis XVI was from the rest of France is that he made a single excursion into provincial France and that was a trip to Cherbourg. Politicians these days cannot be seen to be cut off from the outside world and elitist. It is resented by the people. It may have been less resented in the 18th Century but there will always have been a few grumbles coming from certain factions relating to this....   [tags: French Revolution, Louis XVI of France, Voltaire]

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Marie Antoinette And Louis Xvi

- ... Louis XVI was very shy and indecisive while Marie was extroverted and bold.1 But Louis was more responsible than Marie and he would be the one to do all the work. He would make sure to go to bed before midnight and would wake early to get started on the work he had to do.2 On the other hand, Marie would begin to party with her friends around midnight; she would then go to bed later and not wake until around noon.3 Her party-hard lifestyle led to the French people hating her because her life was so extravagant....   [tags: Louis XVI of France, Louis XVIII of France]

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Analysis Of ' Holes ' By Louis Sachar

- A film adaptation of the Newberry award winning 1998 novel “Holes” by Louis Sachar was created and directed by Andrew Davis in 2003. The themes of the power of fate to determine events, the benefits of friendship, the destructive nature of cruelty and the importance of history in everyday life, helped to make “Holes” the iconic novel that it was. Keeping elements like the motifs and the symbols helped to broadcast these themes throughout the movie. “Holes” the film is a close adaptation of the novel....   [tags: Louis Sachar, Holes]

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