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 »

Although historians note Louis XIV's promotion of science, art and technology in France, his insistence on absolute power based on the "divine right of kings," his persecution of Protestants and his system of favoritism ... 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 »

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 »