By Zach Eledge

What is a Monarchy

A monarchy is a form of government ruled by a king or queen

Modern Monarchies

These are the countries that have a monarch style government

Famous Monarchs

Louis XIV was king of France from May 14 1643-September 1 1715

King Louis XIV

King Louis XIV was known as Louis the Great or the Sun God. He ruled for 72 years and 110 days the longest of any monarch in the major countries of Europe.


  • Efficient way to carry out decisions and polices
  • clear line of succession
  • Loyal to monarchs as unifying power


  • Quality of leadership can very dramatically from one generation to the next
  • Job of running modern nation-state has become too big for any but the most exceptional monarchs to do well