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The Sun King. The Rise of the Sun King!. Louis XIV. The Rays symbolize my power and influence. 72 Year Reign. Louis XIV. The Sun King (1643-1715). Important Background Most powerful ruler in French History! Absolutism reached its peak Devout Catholic Bureaucracy

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The Rise of the Sun King!

Louis XIV

The Rays symbolize my power and influence

72 Year Reign


Louis XIV

The Sun King

(1643-1715)

Important Background

  • Most powerful ruler in French History!

  • Absolutism reached its peak

  • Devout Catholic

  • Bureaucracy

  • Used silence/secrecy to achieve goals

    Attempts to solidify Economic power

  • Appoints financial minister Colbert

  • Wants France to be self-sufficient

  • Built/Strengthened industries

  • Established colonies

  • Mercantilism—Export more than you import

  • Revokes the Edict of Nantes

"I am the State"


Louis XIV: Grand Style & Disastrous Wars

  • Glorifies Himself and France

  • Palace of Versailles

    • Used architecture—Impress

    • Led to “palace building”

  • French—International language of proper society

  • Paris—Royal city of scholarship/learning

  • Patron of the arts

    Wars of Aggression

  • Constant Wars(4)

  • Created a military machine of professional soldiers

  • Expansionist policy—weaken the Empire & led to high taxes.

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