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Vlad Dracula
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Catherine the Great
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Louis XIV - The sun king

Louis is often remembered as the king who indulged himself like a pampered diva. To coincide with his godly image, Louis adopted the sun as his symbol because he believed that the court should revolve around their king just like the planets revolve around the sun. At the center of this universe, Louis converted an old hunting lodge to an opulent palace in Versailles. Versailles took 3 decades and 35,000 people to finish. And it nearly bankrupt France.

It's good to be the King
This was the age of royal butt-kissing. Louis insisted that his subjects reside in Versailes and participate in the ceremonies that honored the crown. By insisting that the nobles live at Versailles, Louis was able to keep a close watch on potential rivals. But it was not enough just for courtiers to worship their king. Louis wanted everyone's adoration and loyalty. He even opened Versailles up to the public a few days a week so that commoners could watch the royal family eating thier meals. I wonder if people today would like to stare at the Bush's eating dinner?

Can you find the sun king symbol on page 43?


Louis XIV: Petite

Le Petite King

Louis XIV towered over his subjects at an amazing six feet, ten inches. Unfortunately, he was only five feet, four inches when naked. To compensate for his short stature, he wore a twelve-inch-high wig and six-inch red heels. But this was one look that no one could copy. Louis decreed that only the king could wear red heels. Read more about Louis XIV>>
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