Louis XIV--Palace of Versailles Essay examples

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At What Cost Should Splendid be Achieved?
     Splendid is a term that Webster's Dictionary defines as 1. Magnificent and sumptuous. 2. Distinguished or glorious. Splendour means even more than that. It can be used to describe something so excellent in all ways that it leaves a person in awe. The Palace of Versailles is often associated with that term, but should it? The Palace is indeed magnificent, but what the king had done to his country and people was not. This palace cost the country of France a great amount of money, but that still did not make the king change his decision about building it. King Louis XIV had the ability to play the role of a great leader. This ability allowed him to have followers who
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     On May 14th, 1643, Louis XIII lay on his deathbed in the Louvre. Louis XIII confessed to Father Dinet " If God restores my health, as soon as the Dauphin comes of age I will put him in my place and I will retire to Versailles. I will think only of spiritual things and the salvation of my soul." (Poirier 113) A few days later, he died. After he died, his son Louis XIV took over. Louis XIV did not want to be the king of France. He believed it to be too much for him. Louis XIV did not want to even live in Paris and against the will of his advisors he chose to make the hunting lodge his new palace.
     Louis XIV had the longest reign in European history. He was in power for a total of seventy-two years. The French writer Voltaire called the time of Louis' reign the "Age of Louis XIV" (http://splendors-versailles.org. 09 May. 2005). As king, Louis XIV had only two main goals. First, he wanted to extend the French boundary to the Rhine River in the north. Second, to curb the power of the nobility. Louis XIV made France the most powerful nation in Europe.
     Louis XIV was a powerful leader but believed appearances and material goods to be the most important aspect of royalty. He allowed people to watch him and follow him at all times, and he made the responsibilities of chamber maids into honours that certain nobles were allowed to perform. He was

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