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Louis XIV 1638-1715
Louis XIV 1638-1715

 

The Sun King. Absolutely.

Louis XIV was also called Louis the Great or The Sun King.

He became the image of the classic monarch with supreme powers, the personification of  absolutism.

 

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Detail from the portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud, who created this artwork in 1701.

Museo Nacional del Prado


Louis ruled France for 72 years under his slogan


L'État C'est Moi

(I Am the State)

 

Possessing a love for all things refined, he stood in stark contrast to the rustic and sturdy medieval rulers.

Louis brought Versailles to its glorious days. He survived devastating personal calamities with dignity. Louis had numerous