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Monarchy Embattled In general, those closest to the King favored classical notions of monarchy, such as the theory developed in the late seventeenth century by Jacques-Bénigné Bossuet for Louis XIV, which became known as absolutism. Other eighteenth-century descriptions of monarchy advocated centralizing power in the hands of the King. Louis XV was almost assassinated by his domestic servant and even though the public outcry over the assassination attempt, there were rumors of plots against monarchy. The writer Voltaire, although not a constant advocate of monarchical rule, nevertheless argued that "enlightened" monarchs with a great deal of centralized power provided the best political model for a country as large as France and one with such a complex society. Yet the monarchy could not escape being tarnished, especially by clandestine "bad
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