Louis XIV

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Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is one of the longest in French and European history.

Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661 after the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal ... more »

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  • ''Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate.''
    Louis XIV (1638-1715), French king. Quoted in Le Siècle de Louis XIV, ch. 26, Voltaire (1751). Remark made following the disgrace of the Duke of L...
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