King Louis XIV

Ruler of France for 72 years

How they controlled everything

Expanded the bureaucracy and appointed intendants, royal officials who collected taxes, from the middle classes.

He controlled church and nobles by checking their power.

"It's good to be king"

Kind Louis turned France into the country all European countries wanted to be, educated, refined, and stable. Unlike most monarchs he centralized his government. To make his government more stable he rocked Provençal nobles to relinquish political influences and construct the middle class with more centralized administration.

King Louis and his nobles

King Louis XIV