Louis the Fourteenth was a very unique ruler, and also a great king of France.
Louis expressed his unique and great side in many ways, but the main ways are through
the path of his early years in which we watch young Louis grow into a unique but great
king. His greatness also shines through during his prime years where Louis does many
wonderful things. We also experience the wonders of Louis the Fourteenth by his work
on the Versailles. Let's learn about Louis!
Louis became king at the early age of four when his father, Louis XII died on May
14th, 1643. The will of Louis' father stated that the care of young Louis was to be divided
between his Mother, Anne of Austria, and his uncle, Gaston d'Orleans. Anne challenged
the will and ended up the sole regent. Louis' upbringing shaped the king that he was to
become. Louis and his brother Philippe endured poverty, hunger, misfortune, fear, and
humiliation throughout their childhood, as their mother and the French Parliament
squabbled over the control of the Royal Treasury, and other kinds of power. On two
occasions the royal family was driven out of Paris, and at one point Louis and his mother
were held under house arrest. Louis learned early on that weakness, indecisiveness,
unwise choice of allies and too much trust was a concoction for disaster. Louis came of
age at thirteen, and was crowned three years later at the age of sixteen. Louis did in fact
take an interest in matters of state, even early on, yet he was content to leave the
government in the hands of Mazarin, the Prime Minister, and his mother, until Mazarin'
death. During this time Louis became interested in music and dance, in which Louis
encountered Jean- Baptiste Lully.