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Louis the Fourteenth was a very unique ruler and also a great king of France Louis expressed his unique and great side in many ways but the main ways are through the path of his early years in which we watch young Louis grow into a unique but great king His greatness also shines through during his prime years where Louis does many wonderful things We also experience the wonders of Louis the Fourteenth by his work on the Versailles Lets learn about Louis Louis became king at the early age of four when his father Louis XII died on May 14th 1643 The will of Louis father stated that the care of young Louis was to be divided between his Mother Anne of Austria and his uncle Gaston dOrleans Anne challenged the will and ended up the sole regent Louis upbringing shaped the king that he was to become Louis and his brother Philippe endured poverty hunger misfortune fear and humiliation throughout their childhood as their mother and the French Parliament squabbled over the control of the Royal Treasury and other kinds of power On two occasions the royal family was driven out of Paris and at one point Louis and his mother were held under house arrest Louis learned early on that weakness indecisiveness unwise choice of allies and too much trust was a concoction for disaster Louis came of age at thirteen and was crowned three years later at the age of sixteen Louis did in fact take an interest in matters of state even early on yet he was content to leave the government in the hands of Mazarin the Prime Minister and his mother until Mazarin death During this time Louis became interested in music and dance in which Louis encountered Jean- Baptiste Lully Louis danced in six roles
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