The Bourbon Kings II - Louis XIV 1665-1688.ppt

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The Bourbon Kings II, 1661-1715 Phase 1: Louis XIV, 1661-1688
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Louis XIV, 1661-1688 What nobody anticipated was Louis XIV’s decision at the age of 22 to assume control of the reins of government himself, and his determination to maintain a grip on affairs for the rest of his reign. Between March and September 1661 there was a minor revolution in French government during which the person of the king assumed center stage: the inner council was reduced in size to include only a handful of senior ministers. Louis XIV
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Louis XIV, 1661-1688 Cardinal Mazarin’s successor, Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619–1683) as senior intendant of finances from September 1661- 1665, and then controller general from 1665 until his death in 1683, managed to bring the chaotic fiscal system of taxation and borrowing to its optimum efficacy. Jean-Baptiste Colbert
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Louis XIV, 1661-1688 By 1661, Louis XIV had come to realize full well that the instability of France was rooted primarily in its political culture. The Fronde was not the last efforts of a feudal noble class, but a struggle for political and military importance within the upper noble elites. Louis remained well aware that his ministers had their own private interests to further, but even if he still relied on other people's recommendations, by 1672 Louis insisted that virtually all military, naval, and ecclesiastical commissions come from his own person. His name, “The Sun King,” came from all power rising and setting around his person.
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Louis XIV, 1661-1688 Furthermore, by maintaining multiple channels of access to his person at court for different groups, families, and individuals, he ensured that no one faction or person (including ministers) could dominate his decisions over patronage.
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