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Louis XIV
From the Age of the Sun King, an Incredible Rarity: Louis XIV, His Brother Philippe, and Many Great Nobles of the Age Sign a Marriage Contract For the Son of the President of Parliament
28/02/1685. Louis XIV Louis XIII had two children. His son Louis XIV, who came to be known as the glorious “Sun King,” was crowned when just five years old. He was King for over 72 years, and remains the longest reigning monarch of a major European power. Louis XIV was the embodiment of the Divine Right of Kings. He strengthened and centralized the power of the monarch, and encouraged the loyalty of the nobles, bringing them closer and closer to the court at Versailles. Under his leadership France became the strongest power in Europe. It was also a time of the flourishing of arts and philosophy. The reign of Louis XIV has the same romantic and flowering aura about it as that of Elizabeth I of England.The younger son of Louis XIII was Philippe, also called the Duke of Anjou, who greatly expanded his political domains, adding dukedoms and other offices, as well as growing the fortunes of the House of Orleans. At the coronation of Louis XIV in 1654, Philippe acted as dean, placing the crown of France on his brother's head. The two men had a heated argument one day in 1701 over family affairs. Philippe angrily returned early the same evening to dine with his son. He collapsed after suffering a fatal stroke. Louis XIV, upon hearing his only sibling had died, said ""I cannot believe I will never see my brother again.”A parlement (parliament) was a provincial appellate court in Ancien Régime France. The most important of them was by far the Parlement of Paris. They were the court of final appeal of the judicial system, and typically wielded much power. Laws and edicts issu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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