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Louis xiv

Louis XIV

Louis XIV was a good leader for many reasons, some of which will

come out in this essay. Louis ruled with an iron fist, he didn't let anyone mess with

France, and if they did , he made them suffer. Second, Louis had mercy on those who

betrayed him, a trait rarely seen in his day and age. Third most he did his best to bring

down the nobles of France, particularly the more richer ones who thought they were above

the law.

Louis ruled with an iron fist he didn't let anyone mess around with

France, if anyone had the guts to even think about challenging his power over the people

of France he would do he would go out of his way to make them suffer. (*1) "At the same

time he regarded himself as God's deputy in France and would allow no challenge to his

authority, from the Pope or anyone else" Louis got into many wars while he was ruler of

France, he was quick to the draw and did not hesitate to start a war. To show the


that he was still a catholic king ,Louis kept mounting pressure on the French Protestants,

until 1685 when he revoked Edict of Nantes. Then he forbid anyone to practice

Calvinism. To the people of France this showed great strength on the part of Louis, the

fact that he could keep he kept everyone in France inline at the same time. everyone in

France obeyed him because he was such a grand, rich, fair king. Louis got into many wars

with other countries over the stupidest things, when Charles II were to die with no kids,

he made he offered to make Louis's grandson the sole beneficiary of the vast inheritance

to be left behind, Louis Accepted the the offer out of pure greed, but that dicision meant

war with Austria. Although, Louis was already getting half of the money he still greedily

accepted the offer, if he had not accepted the offer war could have been avoided, but hey

we all make mistakes

The second thing about Louis that made him a good leader was that he

had Mercy on those who betrayed him which was something rarely seen in that time. Most

rulers just murdered those who betrayed them, but Louis would jail them. In the case of

Louis's most important lieutenant, named Mazarin, He was charged with peculation and

found guilty then sentenced to banishment from France. Instead of letting the whole ordeal

go down Louis intervened and changed Mazarins sentence from banishment to

imprisonment for life. Mercy was a rare trait at the time of Louis time of reign over

France. Mercy was something to be proud of, because it showed great restraint and


showed an even greater strength to govern the people of France, something even I'd

admire if Louis was my king.

Louis worked hard to bring down the nobles of France, they thought that they

were above the law. the way Louis did this was very interesting. He had built this palace

with 226 rooms and living capacity of 5,001, and he invited nobles from all over France to

come and live with him in Versailles (the name of his palace). At Versailles they had

everything you could ever want and the best part about it was that you could have it. so

how did he bring down the nobles? well in coming to Versailles, the Nobles left their

villages, castles,towns,what ever the had at home where the normally lived and moved to

Versailles.They left their home and stopped making decisions for their villages,

castles, towns, whatever and when no one heard from the nobles again and Louis said that

he wanted to run things the villagers said "Alright" and the nobles lost their power and

Louis gained some more land and power, pretty smart huh, give the nobles all the stuff

they wanted because it was like pocket lint to you and then turn around and take their

land, it was kind of a fair trade, I guess, everyone got what they wanted, I mean The

nobles got all the stuff the could ever want and got to live in Versailles and Louis got what

he wanted, more power.

Louis worked very hard everyday , he always put in a good days work. He never

missed a meeting of his council. Louis couldn't just sit around all day he had to be doing

something he always had to be moving which was good because it kept him on top of

things. Louis always knew what was going on in his country. Louis liked to hand pick

everyone of his generals ,bishops and other governmental figures himself I think this was

to guarantee effiency, which was highly regarded by Louis because he started a whole

movement towards a more efficient French government. Louis controlled everything in

France nothing went down in France without his approval or him having his input into the

matter at hand, I guess you could say that Louis kept a pretty tight leash around France's


As you can see Louis XIV was a good leader because he had mercy on Mazarin, the

lieutenant who was charged with peculation. He didn't let anyone mess around with his

country, France. He stood up behind the Catholic religion. Louis Brought down the nobles

of France by intising them into leaving their home and living with him in Versailles. Louis

Worked hard for the people of France he never missed a meeting ,he hand picked his

government. Louis also made some mistakes which showed to the people of France that


was human. So I guess you can say that Louis was a cut above the rest kind of leader,

I know I think so.

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