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Unformatted text preview: sovereign direction over it [money] because he alone has no fortune to establish but that of the state. (Louis XIV, Memoirs for the Instruction of the Dauphin, 60) Louis was conscious of monarchal power limits only as they related to the limits of human capability. For example, he recognized his ability to compromise with, but not control human inclination in others, as his mistrust suggested. He also recognized his inability to directly control everyone under him, saying, Since it is certain kings cannot give orders directly in every place where they hold powerthey must lend vigorous aid to those who administer their authority. (p.64)...
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- Spring '08
- Louis XIV