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The life and times of Louis XIV Louis XIV ruled France from 1651 until his death in 1715 Bernier Foreward Louis XIV was on one the most well-known monarchs in France and in Europe When twentieth-century men speak of a king the image that usually comes to mind is Charlemange or Louis XIV no other rulers so completely dominated their lands both in their own times and in the memory of posterity Wolf ix He is portrayed in The Man in the Iron Mask as a selfish and dishonest king who will do anything to get what he wants He was the total anangoist of the musketeer saying All for one and one for all Louis learned to cover his feelings and intentions behind an austere presence and he became a master of of secrecy and deception Once he assumed total power the major crime in the kingdom was anything his majesty considered to be an offense ranging from breach of etiquette to high treason Louis demanded total loyalty to the throne and discretion in public and private behavior Dumas Afterword Louis was born on September 5 1638 It was also an event that fell just short of being miraculous for the king and queen had been married for twenty-three years and they detested each other After all these years of unfruitful marriage everyone had become resigned to the idea that the reigning couple Louis XIII and Anne of Austria would remain childless This meant that the Kings brother Gaston dOrleans would eventually inherit the throne The birth of the new king brought national rejoicing though not Gastons France finally had their longed-for Dauphin as the heir to the French throne has been called since the acquisition by France in 1349 of the province of Dauphine Panicucci 4 Since neither parent had any doubt that this was the work of Providence the baby was named Louis-Dreudonne Louis the Gift of God Bernier 2
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