An argument between four absolute monarchs occurs in a local coffee shop...
In a city unlike any other, two men sat in a local coffee shop and had a heated converstaion...
Oliver Cromwell of England (1653-1658) and Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) argued over who had been the better ruler...
The Monarch's Market
First, both mention their strengths and accomplishments.
I supported many of the arts and built the Palace of Versailles in 1682 to demonstrate France's power and wealth. It is also a great tourist attraction today.
Well, I helped organize the New Modern Army in 1645 and the Royal Navy. I also tolerated all religions and promoted freedom of belief and mind.
Despite that fact, many still saw you as a harsh dictator who ruled in a very strict manner. This was because you not only defeated enemies, but brutally murdered many people, like in 1649 when the people of Wexford Ireland surrendered, but yet you still pushed on leaving an estimated 1,500 people dead.
You say that I am brutal yet you taxed your people endlessly with very little representation leaving many of your people starving and homeless. You say that you built your palace to show your countries wealth, yet most of the country was starving, and you lead France to debt from all of your wars.
Overall, they were both great rulers who had strengths, and flaws, making it very difficult to compare them.
Maybe we could learn a thing or two about each other and both continue to receive respect from our people.