king louis.. - Alison Robostello Intro to politics King...

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Alison Robostello Intro to politics King Louis Xiv King Louis Xiv was born on September 5, 1638 and died at the age of seventy seven, on September 1, 1715. He was the king of France from May 14, 1643, until he had died. He complied to the throne a few months before his fifth birthday, but did not assume actual personal control of the government until the death of his First Minister, Jules Cardinal Mazarin, in 1661. He was known as “The Sun King” or “Louis the Great” because he was the longest reigned king of any major European monarch. He had increased his power by fighting two minor conflicts. They included the War of Devolution and the War of the Reunions. Also, he had fought three major battles, including: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. The political and military prospect in France during his reign was overflowing with different people and names. These names included” “Mazarin, Fouquet, Colbert, Michel le Tellier, his son Louvois, the Great Condé, Turenne, Vauban, Villars and Tourville.” Louis XIV was an absolute monarch. He was often called “the Sun King,” and ruled over France. He dedicated himself to helping France achieve economic, political, and cultural importance. Many historians believe the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely” mirrors Louis’ reign. Louis XIV revoked the Edict on Nantes, changing the economy of France in one motion. By creating the city of Versailles and being a major patron of the arts, Louis was very influential on French culture. He made France go almost bankrupt from his costly wars and failures.
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Louis was very corrupt in his power, and it had shown in all he did to change France; he got what he wanted, when he wanted it. Louis’ reign brought large economic gain and severe economic recession. He was the first king to embrace mercantilism in his country as the form of economy. Mercantilism is said to be “The theory and system of political economy prevailing in
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