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Louis XIV THE SUN KING By merely speaking the name King Louis XIV an image is conjured up in ones mind that carries with it an impression of the era in which he reigned and the way in which he presided over France as an absolute monarch Royalty at its finest Louiss image of success is refined stately and majestic It is in this image that the history of Louis the XIV has been written about a persona of a king who had to calculate his actions whether they be governmental in nature or even his social exploits Under a microscope during an era where the people had a heightened interest in the affairs of the king and the nobility to see where their money was going and how they were being governed King Louis XIV faced tremendous pressure Pressure never caused Louis to break down or weaken his resolve In fact he rose to the challenge but not without the aid of an invisible network of forces in motion behind the scenes Louiss relationship to the various social classes within France at the time was crucial to maintaining power and control He learned to play to these relationships and use them to his advantage Frances nobility and government was able to run like a well-oiled machine due to Louis XIVs calculated efforts to maintain balance in his relationships his laws his nobility and his power Absolute power is said to corrupt absolutely However in the hands of the competent ruler absolutism can be a vehicle for implementing moral laws and justice uniting a country and promoting peace Let us first look at what absolute power is before we explore how Louis XIVs relationships with Frances various social classes upheld and constituted absolutism According to William Beik absolutism in theory denotes a regime in which power was concentrated in the hands of a king who could act without any legal limitations on his
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