Louis Xiv Essay

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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. His extreme fear of the loss of power led to poor decision making, which caused the court to be of lower quality. King Louis XIV’s disastrous rule brought about a series of effects that influenced the French Revolution in the following century. Louis XIV’s reign had a negative impact on France and this essay will outline why. This essay will talk about Louis depletion of the national treasury with his liberal spending on personal luxuries and massive monuments, his costly wars and failures, the revoking of the Edict of Nantes, his legacy and also his patronage of the arts. Louis first real detriment to France came when he depleted the national treasury on the production of a standing army and the palace of Versailles. Louis’s cohort and controller-general of finance, Jean Baptiste Colbert wanted to use the increased revenue to continue developing the country, but Louis decided to attempt to attain greater power by expanding frances boundaries through military conquest. Louis also wanted to guarantee the loyalty of his counsellors, and so he turned his fathers hunting cabin into the palace of versailles, which housed 10000 semi permanent residents. Versailles was the social hub for court members and Louis provided pension for all of those who attended. Louis lust for entertainment and social customs severely drained the treasury, as the price to build Versailles was extensive. During the rule of Louis Frances foreign policies were focussed more on extending the boundaries of french control. Louis wanted to extend France to her natural borders, of ancient Gaul, the Rhine river, the Alps and the pyrenees. Unfortunately

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