KING LOUIS XIV

Positives and Negatives of the "Sun King"

ABSOLUTISM: Divine right to a Quenn or King who holds all authority

BRIEF BIO


~Born September 5, 1638 and died September 1, 1715

~Became king when his father died at 4 years old

~He was very Greedy and selfish

~Didn't have much of an academic education

~Later learned Latin

~Trained in the art of war

POSITIVES EFFECTS

~Had a golden age of art and literature

~Built a the palace of Versailles

~Conquered important territories

~Created France as a dominant European power

~Expanded France's boundaries

NEGATIVE EFFECTS

~Exiled or Executed all of his competition

~Drained France's resources from lengthy wars

~Used bribes to ensure his policy's were brought about

~Had millions of dollars in debt

~Marie Antoinette (wife) spent a lot of the money on expensive gowns and jewelry

~Citizens were starving

PERSONAL OPINION

Though some could say King Louis XIV did make some important contributions to France he brought many bad things with him. He didn't care about the well being of his people but instead on the superficials. He was the cause of the French Revolution because he didn't care if the 3rd estate was starving as long as him and the other 2estates were doing fine. The French Revolution sent France spiraling down with a bunch of negative effects