Political Issues: Absolute Monarchy An absolute monarchyis a form of governmentin which one ruler has supreme authority without limitation. Portrait of King Louis XVI of France painted by Antoine-Francois Callet Image is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and is public domain.. . . Powers of the king.—The King, Louis XVI, was absolute. Heruled by the divine right theory which held that he had receivedhis power to govern from God and was therefore responsible toGod alone. He appointed all civil officials and military officers. Hemade and enforced the laws. He could declare war and makepeace. He levied taxes and spent the people’s money as he sawfit. He controlled the expression of thought by a strict censorshipof speech and press. By means of lettres de cachet(sealed letterswhich were really blank warrants for arrest) he could arbitrarily[without reason] imprison anyone without trial for an indefiniteperiod. He lived in his magnificent palace at Versailles,completely oblivious to the rising tide of popular discontent[frustration]. . . .Source: Friedman & Foner, A Genetic Approach to Modern European History,College Entrance Book Co., 1938 from the NYS Global History and GeographyRegents Exam, January 2007.7. Using the text above, identify five powers held by King Louis XVI and describe why these powers may lead the French people to revolt against their government.