What were the failures of Louis XIV?

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It would be best to categorize this question under "choices" in place of "failures" of Louis XIV. Louis did not trust the nobility in France due to the Fronde (1648–1653), which was a revolt of the nobles during the king’s minority (meaning he was not old enough to rule at...

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It would be best to categorize this question under "choices" in place of "failures" of Louis XIV. Louis did not trust the nobility in France due to the Fronde (1648–1653), which was a revolt of the nobles during the king’s minority (meaning he was not old enough to rule at this point). Once Louis XIV came of age and ruled in his own right, he set about rebuilding a small hunting chateau, which would later become known as the Palace of Versailles. This palace is one of the most luxuriant homes ever constructed. Louis XIV next moved his court from Paris to Versailles, roughly twelve miles away, and completely distracted his nobles by making them partake in his daily routine. From the second the king awoke each morning until he went to slept each night, his nobles had to be in attendance or they would lose the king’s favor and their place at court. At the same time, Louis XIV was draining the treasury of France by continually constructing Versailles into a palatial city dedicated to the sun god Apollo. The construction of Versailles was so expensive that it would be one of the main reasons that Louis XVI would be beheaded during the French Revolution. Versailles represented the opulence and overspending of the royal family during the eighteenth century. Today, Versailles is one of the major tourist attractions in France, so Louis XIV actually succeeded in creating a lasting legacy by constructing the palace, though the negative ramifications are much more profound.

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