King Louis XIV

Bianca Olson Period 3

4 Key Facts

-Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638, in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, France

-Ruled for 72 years

-Died of gangrene four days shy of his 77th birthday

-Religion is Catholic

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"I am the state"

Basic Beliefs

-Louis XIV believed that the king controlled the Catholic Church and that the Church should do his biding

-Louis XIV with tradition and astonished his court by declaring that he would rule without a chief minister

-Louis was always religious, attending mass every day, and was deeply suspicious both of Protestants and of the Jansenists


King Louis XIV is known as the "Sun King". Louis chose this symbol because he compared himself to Apollo because they both brought peace.

Ideal Form of Government

-I believe that King Louis XIV's ideal government would be absolutism because he epitomized the ideal of kingship

"There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself."