Louis XIV and Versailles

Louis XIV and Versailles

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  • At age 5, Louis XIV of France inherited the throne.
  • I have the throne, but I'm too young to manage it! 
  • Mazarin, the chief minister at the time, died in 1661. Then, 23-year-old King Louis XIV, took complete control of the throne.
  • I have been pleased to entrust the government of my affairs to the late Cardinal. It is now time that I govern them myself.
  • King Louis XIV ruled France with a strong hand. He was known as the most powerful ruler in French history.
  • Let's get rid of the Edict of Nantes!
  • King Louis XIV canceled the Edict of Nantes, which resulted in the Huguenots fleeing France.
  • Edict of Nantes
  • He appointed many intendants to collect taxes. He appointed Jean Baptiste Colbert, who helped the economy grow.
  • He lived in luxury and built the palace of Versailles to demonstrate his glory. He also kept the nobles in the palace to increase his power.
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