In The times of the 17th and 18th centuries the focal points of most major conflicts were the kingdom’s rulers. These ruled in different ways and were perceived in diverse ways. Views ranged from positive to negative or helpful to hindering based on their current position and point of view. (weak intro P. consider revision.)
Starting with Louis XIV of France’s portrait on P.389 paints Louis as a regal and kingly leader. Something to note is that his crown which is usually the symbol of the king is almost hidden behind his cane. This may indicate a willingness to not allow his position control his ability to lead and may appear to be a fairer more just leader. However the king is also clad in very stately robes and exudes a confidence that suggests him as a powerful king and an example of absolute monarchy. In the painting of Versailles on P.391 there is an extraordinary amount of grandeur and power shown as well as very neat order. So many people are streaming towards this great symbol of King Louis’ authority portraying it has a place of great importance. His palace has no noticeable defenses as well as being placed in a tactically inferior location shows the king’s confidence in his control over his people and land. This all shows that King Louis not only believed in his own control, but wanted his people to believe it as well. Last is Bishop Bossuet’s defense of divine right. Bossuet exclaims how great the king is and compares the king to God in that all things lie in the majesty of God, and the image of all things lie in the king. Bossuet’s possible bias is that his position of court preacher as well as being Louis’ son’s tutor, may influence him to advance the position of Louis XIV so that he maintain his position. These documents all point to how King Louis’ people perceived the king and how the king wished to be perceived.
In the following documents there is a direct difference in leadership. King Louis XIV revoking the Edict of...
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