The French Monarchy Essays
J. B. Bossuet wrote that there are four essential characteristics of an absolute monarchy. They are, "First, royal authority is sacred. Second, it is paternal. Third, it is absolute. And fourth, it is subject to reason." These four features of absolutism can bee observed in the Bourbon Dynasty of France. The reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV proved repeatedly that Bossuet's statement truly reflected absolute monarchy. Each of Bossuet's four ideas on absolute monarchy can be seen in the actions and lives of the Bourbons.
"Royal authority is Sacred." Absolute rulers believed that they were given their kingdom through Divine Right, or the approval of God, that they are, as …show more content…
Louis XIV is also considered a great absolute monarch. Famous for saying "L'estat c'est moi," or "I am the state," Louis was determined to control all aspects of French government and influence French culture. Like his grandfather Henry IV, he continued to weaken the influence and strength of the nobility. He never summoned the Estates General for advice and used the palace at Versailles to "Tie the nobles with golden chains," or influence them in his favor. Louis also controlled the middle class and the peasantry with secret police and by creating a standing army and appointing commanding officers himself. Louis XIV is considered the epitome of