Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy

Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy

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Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy

Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy

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The character and position of Louis XIV. are peculiarly difficult to estimate, partly on account of the attitude taken towards him during his life- time by his own subjects, partly owing to the entire misapprehension under which foreign nations laboured as to his real aims. The French people during more than two-thirds of his long reign made him into a god and worshipped him, while at the time of the Spanish Succession war a generation had grown up in England which, says Mr. Wyon in his History of Great Britain during the Reign of Queen Anne, regarded "Louis XIV. as a monster of ambition with a mission from the devil to make . . .

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