King Louis XIV

King of France

King Louis XIV

Born September fifth, 1638. Died September first, 1715. Reigned from 1643 to 1715. This was the fourteenth Louis to wear the crown. He was of the Bourbon Family. He had multiple mistresses, so he had many illegitimate children. He married Maria Theresa of Spain earlier in his life. Eventually though, he secretly married Françoise d'Aubigné of France. He had a total of eight sons and eight daughters.

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Achievements

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Approach to governing

Approach to Governing

King Louis XIV had an arrogant approach to governing the country, and the many wars he sent his people into near the end of his reign had many expenses. He wanted to strengthen both royal power and the army's power. He strengthened the crown by boosting revenue and crushing Protestants. Two policies he enacted to achieve these goals were revoking the Edict of Nantes (Which was basically "Don't ridicule the Protestants") and enacting the Richelieu policy (Which was the Get more Money policy).