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Unformatted text preview: Tom Marler HIST 102 Essay 1 6/14/2009 Louis XIV controlled his citizens through a combination of religion and government working together. This gave him power to incorporate his own qualities into governing a country such as reformed laws, executing religious reasoning with government power, and controlling certain groups. With the support from certain advocates of his regime he was able to transform France into his own idealistic country. Bossuet supported the divine power of the king and explained Louis XIV’s use of monarchical power through books and powerful sermons. Louis XIV was known for his absolute rule which consisted of controlling every portion of his kingdom through divine right. He believed this gave him absolute authority over his citizens. Bossuet stated: “It appears from all this that the person of the king is sacred, and that to attack him in any way is sacrilege. God has the kings anointed of the king is sacred, and that to attack him in any way is sacrilege....
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2010 for the course HIST hist 101 taught by Professor Guyadams during the Spring '10 term at Columbia College.
- Spring '10
- Louis XIV