Louis XIV

(1638-1715)

Known as the Sun King, or Louis the Great, Louis XIV of Bourbon reigned from 1643 until his death, enforcing France’s influence in the whole Europe and in the world, so much that his reign is often referred to as “Grand Siècle” (the Great Century).
He embodied the perfect model of the absolute monarch. He made his castle, the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of his power and a mean to keep under control a very undisciplined aristocracy, centralizing his power in his figure. He had three great passions: hunting, dancing, and women.

(To know about some of his great loves read: Palais-Royal: a TV-Show’s worth of stories or about how one of them disappointed him in The Affair of the Poisons)