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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

- Louis XIV was an absolute monarch in France from 1643 to 1715. His father died when he was just four years old, making Louis XIV the throne’s successor at a very young age. Because of this, he ruled for seventy-two years, which made him “the longest monarch to rule a major country in European history” (Eggert). But it was when he was twenty-three years old when he decided to rule without a prime minister, believing it was his divine right. Translated by Louis de Rouvroy, Duc de Saint-Simon, the author of the book The Memoirs of Louis XIV: His Court and The Regency, King Louis XIV wrote, “The royal power is absolute....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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The Palace Of Versailles By Louis Xiv

- When Louis XIII built his hunting lodge on the hillside of Versailles in 1623 , I suspect he never imaged the true master piece of French Baroque architecture it would become and that it would continue live throughout history in all its glory, almost viewed as a physical timeline of the history of France. Versailles was the seat of absolute monarchy and became its own symbol, it became the physical representation for power. Looking past its extensive historical background, the palace of Versailles has such a complex architectural and artistic influence as nearly four generations of French king royals have lived in the palace continually expanding and renovating it to match the current style...   [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

- Louis XIV the king that held his monarchy for the longest recorded time in European history [72 years], one of the most influential monarchs, who was also referred to as Louis the Great and the Sun King. During his reign Louis XIV played an important role in art and literature of France, transformed the monarchy and turned France into the dominant powerful European country. Louis XIV is known for his great accomplishments that rose France among other European countries however it is a controversial statement....   [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 Self Entitlement

- Louis XIV’s self-entitlement as the Sun King reflects his belief of his power as absolute, since everything revolves around the sun. This fact mostly defines French absolutism at the time. Spielvogel describes absolutism as the sovereign power resting in the hands of the king, who rules by divine right and uses Louis XIV’s reign as the best example of absolute monarchy in the seventeenth century (444). Spielvogel also says that one of the reasons for his power was his ability to restructure the central policy-making machinery of the government (446)....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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Geoffrey Treasure 's Louis Xiv

- Being a fan of biographies, I had high expectations of Geoffrey Treasure’s Louis XIV. For the most part, I was not disappointed. Geoffrey Treasure gave an effective analyzation of the Sun King’s life. After reading this book, I find myself with an enhanced understanding of the Sun King’s life. However, when reviewing the book, I find myself in the odd position of realizing that the what I disliked about the book at times is what makes it so great. With that in mind, I would recommend this book, but only to those sincerely interested in learning about Louis XIV....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XIII of France]

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Louis Xiv 's Power Under The Palace Of Versailles

- During the 17th century, a massive change took place in the government of France as the king at the time, Louis XIV, centralized France 's power under the Palace of Versailles. After the death of France 's prime minister in 1661, Louis XIV personally assumed power over the country and made it his goal to keep the country tightly knit. Throughout his reign operated from the Palace of Versailles, life in the castle revolved around the "Roi-Soleil 's" own life. From dawn to dusk, the king was followed by the residents of Versailles....   [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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The Experience Of Louis Xiv

- This past week I saw several videos on how dance has evolved for the past few hundred years. The journey started with Louis XIV form of ballet called the baroque. The feeling of learning about Louis XIV is very nostalgic because I took a whole course on the life of Louis XIV to the days of Louis XVI. Learning about Louis XIV reminds me of how special France was during that period of time. It was great hearing that the people who performed ballet use to very these fancy looking costumes and masks because it reminds me of whenever I played the video game Assassins Creed II....   [tags: Dance, Performance, New York City Ballet]

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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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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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King Louis The Absolute Monarchy

- An Absolute Monarchy is when the people or person in power have total control of the people and the country, and has unrestricted political power. The question at hand now is, was the government of King Louis XIV an absolute monarchy. First this essay will answer the question that King Louis was an absolute monarch. Next the the essay will then talk about the arguments that can be made to contradict the idea that he was an absolute monarch. Finally, this essay will talk about how the answer to the question has better evidence proving that the argument that King Louis was an absolute monarch is stronger than the argument that he was not....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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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

- Louis Le Vau was a practicing architect during the early to mid-seventeenth century in France who contributed to the French classical style while working for King Louis XIV of France. Le Vau was born and passed away in Paris, on October 11th, 1670 while spending majority of his life in France. He was an originating founder of the French Classical style, working as the forefront for academic architecture of the seventeenth century. Beginning his career as the son of a master mason of the same name, Louis Le Vau quickly developed his design skills to become a successful architect around 1639....   [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 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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Portrait Of Marie Antoinette With What Dat Mouth Do?

- Portrait of Marie Antoinette with her children: What dat mouth do. For my assignment, I will be comparing the two pieces of art titled Louis XIV painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud and Portrait of Marie Antoinette With Her Children by Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. I will be analyzing and breaking down the different techniques used in both paintings and explaining the similarities between them as well. Though the paintings contain the same family throughout both, there is a clear imbalance in power and something very normal for this time period....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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The Palace Of Versailles As A Museum Of French History

- The Palace of Versailles is situated at Versailles, France and was around ten miles southwest of Paris. It was implicit in the seventeenth century for King Louis XIII (Fiero 283). The Palace of Versailles has served as an imperial royal palace and many other purposes. It now serves as a museum of French history. The Palace of Versailles stands today as confirmation of the magnificence and dauntlessness of the Baroque period in the European history and its final effect on our modern day. The original residence, built from 1631 to 1634, was mainly a hunting lodge, by Louis XII and private withdraw for Louis XIII and his family....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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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 French Culture Of France And Food

- The French culture is known worldwide by its arts and lifestyle. There are many countries in Europe, South America and African are influence by the French culture not just the US. First we have artists like Nicolas Poussin and Louise Moillon who develop a more advance art style. Next is Michel de Montaigne a French philosopher that made essays and writes about the brain advances literature worldwide. They have beautiful architecture and garden, for example The Palace of Versailles and Hall of Mirrors....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Palace of Versailles]

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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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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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The Importance Of A Central Government ( Melina Para 1 )

- There are many different ways to organize a central government (Melina para 1). A democracy is a form of government where the people have the power to elect the leaders, like in the current United States of America (Melina para 11). A communist government is where one party runs the whole government with a stern hand, like in present day Russia (Melina para 6). Both of these kinds of governments have huge differences in how they operate (Melina para 1). These are main government systems today; however, during the seventeenth century, there was a different kind of government that was enacted (Spielvogel 444)....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XIII of France]

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Religious Conformity And State Of The King Of France

- Starting from 1500 to 1789, in France, lots of changes accord on already present religions or new developing ones. Every King or authority of that time came up with new set of rules and regulations for their people. Most of them were on the new developing branch of Christianity called, Protestantism. The most famous set of treaties were: Edict of Nantes in 1598; Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685; Voltaire’s Treatise on Toleration in 1763; Louis XVI’s Edict on Toleration in 1787; and the declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen in 1789....   [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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Descriptive Essay - Original Writing

- A chilling breeze clipped at my hair, opening up the view in front of me. My feet were grounded to the dirt I was treading on, eyes fixated on a single masterpiece that stood in gardens that enveloped my surroundings. Green was all I could see until that singular moment. Shades of tan and stone came into my wake and the cooling sound of water could be heard nearby. It was a calming color scheme with the sky blue aiding its imprint in my memory, until I realized just what it was I was looking at....   [tags: Louis XIV of France, Louis XV of France]

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Limits And Boundaries Defined For Male And Female

- Chapter 3.1 Limits and boundaries defined for male and female 1072 Fashion and society is continuously changing but the relationship between the two has remained, while society uses fashion as a method of identification, for each fashion posses a meaning along with them. High heels however are an item that have endured time but instead their meaning is always being altered. Today they are associated as a feminine item of dress, as it represents discomfort, physical restriction and is an accessory which functions fashion over practicality, aiming to create a look that society expects to see from women....   [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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king Louis

- 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

-   The French Revolution started in 1789 and lasted till 1799. The French Revolution began because of several government issues that caused the poor citizens to become poorer and the wealthy to become wealthier. Before the French Revolution, the government of France would stock pile extra food for the citizens for if they could not produce the food themselves. However, the government had been selling the extra food to gain more money until the agrarian crisis in 1788-1789. The economy declined even further causing more and more people to become unemployed and evicted from their homes....   [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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