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Louis versus Charles King Louis XIV may have only been five when he took the throw but he led a brilliant reign His reign is the longest in European history 1643-1715 The first twenty years were his best He carried out the administrative and financial reorganization of the kingdom and the development of trade and manufacturing Louis XIV formed an army and won a number of military victories During Louis reign he encouraged the blossoming of culture This led to the likes of music architecture painting sculpture and all sciences Louis XIV brought the monarchy to its height established a artistic court of Versailles and fought the most of the other European countries in four wars Louis became his own chief minister after the death of Mazarin He controlled his own government until his death Louis excluded himself from his council members and immediate family and controlled everything by himself His reign was highly successful in internal and foreign affairs The parliaments lost their traditional power to obstruct legislature the judicial structure was reformed and criminal procedures were left untouched Money was spent on buildings art and sculpture Charles I ascended the throne at the age of 25 Charles was strong willed but that played against him during his reign Charles I a Protestant married Henrietta Maria a Roman Catholic This caused conflict with Parliament and ultimately led to the civil war Charles dissolved three Parliaments in four years because they refused to pay for military expenses The third Parliament presented the Petition of Rightwhich was forced to be accepted by Charles He then dismissed Parliament and had many leaders put in prison For the next 11 years Charles governed on his own During this time tonnage poundage ship money and other finances were being sanctioned to meet governmental expenses A problem in Scotland brought an abrupt end to Charles personal rule and led to a civil war upon England His forces were unprepared due
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