King Louis XIV Of France

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King Louis XIV King Louis XIV of France had an impact on France and the French people. King Louis XIV was an unruly ruler of France over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He loved having all the power to himself and not trusting any other people. King Louis XIV believed in absolutism, which is the belief in an almighty Monarch to rule the country. King Louis could be considered a very destructive monarch to France’s reputation and to France itself. Overall King Louis XIV impacted France by taking away French rights, keeping all of the power to him, and killing the economy. King Louis XIV took away many rights from the people of France. When Louis was very young there was a rebellion against the progression of the next…show more content…
King Louis XIV was a man of the Absolutism party. He believed in only high power to the monarch and no other power, especially parliament. He also believed in the divine right, which makes him believe he is the lieutenant of God. Louis nicknamed himself the Sun King (Encyclopedia). Louis not only named himself this outrageous name but he made all citizens of France call him this. Louis also made all people prostrate to him when he was in their presence, and they would have to face him forward on his stomach. Louis was also selfish in the way he chose high positions in government and the court (Historic World Leaders). Louis only chose people who were dear to him or were completely loyal to his ways. King Louis XIV made it so no other Frenchman could become a part of the French government, which made the whole government under his authority and power again. Louis wanted to surround himself with people who made him feel he was doing the right thing. Louis also impacted France because he made poor decisions that should have been looked over and given advice by qualified people, but instead they were overlooked. King Louis XIV impacted France by keeping all of the power to…show more content…
The first thing that Louis was not smart about was causing war. Louis was focused on expanding the France to Germany and possibly even farther (Bernard, L.L.). King Louis was very idiotic in doing this because not he taking money from France to try to make France more powerful therefore making himself more power. King Louis did not have the money to do so because he did not tax the high-class citizens. He only taxed the merchants and low-income people of France, which may have brought in money, but without taxing the high-income people of France he just did not have enough. Louis also built the Palace of Versailles, where he lived and relocated the court and government to. The Palace of Versailles was an enormous building that took much effort to built and took a huge chunk of change from the French wallet. The Palace of Versailles had a room called the hall of mirrors, which had very elegant chandeliers, and mirrors (Batchelor, Bob). This just shows the intensity of the Palace of Versailles because it was so elegant while being so incredibly large. Louis was not smart on making the decisions to create war or build the Palace of Versailles. In all, King Louis XIV made an impact on France by taking away rights from the French, keeping all the power for him, and killing the economy. Louis’ impact was indeed a bad impact that made France want to rid of him for the seventy-three years he served
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