King Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, established a more centralized government, refined the absolute monarchy that defined the French method of governance, created a court at Versailles and led France through four... More »

King Louis XIV of France left a legacy of government reform and art enrichment, but his foreign policy left the country's economy in debt, and his Edict of Fontainebleau alienated Protestants. The edict forced all childr... More »

Louis XIV had six children with his wife, as well as a number of illegitimate children resulting from several affairs, according to History.com. He is known to have fathered six children with Louise de la Valliere and se... More »

The court of Louis XIV was the political, social and cultural center of Europe during his long reign. Louis pioneered the centralized modern state, and the absolutist monarchy he created served as a model for virtually e... More »

Throughout most of its 19 centuries of dominance in the ancient Near East from 2500 BC to 605 BC, the method of governance in the Assyrian Empire was a strong monarchy. The king's authority was bolstered by a powerful ar... More »

The meeting of the Estates-General in 1789 helped trigger the French Revolution by causing the Third Estate to break away and form its own governance system, the National Assembly. The Third Estate was unhappy about the ... More »

A feudal monarchy is a system of political organization that has its basis in relationships between land owners (nobles) and the people who work the land in return for the nobles' protection (serfs). This system of gover... More »