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I Know that Louis XIV ruled france for 21 years. But Was he Successful or unsuccessful??


Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Are you sure you mean Louis XIV? He ruled for 72 years, not 21. Also known as "The Sun King" and "The Grand Monarch" he was a despot whose famous saying was "L'Etat, c'est moi" or "I am the state/government." During his reign France was militarily successful and literature and art flourished. His magnificent palace at Versailles was the political, social and cultural center of France. His minister, Colbert, got the finances in order, protected commerce and industry and encouraged public works.

However being egotistical and ambitious Louis XIV caused long wars that were disastrous for France. In 1685 he revoked The Edict of Nantes and persecuted protestants.

Now, "was he successful?" You could say "yes and no," qualifying your answer with some of the above.

Here is a site you might like with a lot more details:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_of_France

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