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World History -
Louis XIV (1643 - 1715)
His was a standout style, and he loved being king. Louis XIV married Marie Therese of Spain to fulfill a treaty. He had a mistress who gave him children. Another mistress, Mme. de Montespan, gave him eight kids, but was disgraced for poisoning nobles. So Louis got another mistress.
Cardinal Mazarin took over as chief minister after Richelieu's death. He was very powerful.
Louis XIV believed in the "Divine Right of Kings" - the king's power came from God. He established an absolute monarchy. He ruled by himself after Mazarin's death in 1661. Louis XIV increased the glory and power of France. He was known as "The Sun King." He built a palace at Versaille (1/2 mile long). He made nobles live there and work there, and this became "the" place to be.
Arts and culture flourished. France set the styles for Europe. He spent too much money, and France became in trouble financially. Louis XIV persecuted Huguenots - he wanted one king, one law, one faith. He had too much power and other countries resisted, leading to four wars between 1667 - 1714. Louis XIV died in 1715. France was broke because of the wars and extravagant spending.
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