Despite his reputation as the king who drove France to revolution, King Louis XVI was successful in instituting equal rights for non-Catholics, supporting American revolutionary efforts and refusing to raise taxes. Many ... More »

According to The History Learning Site, Louis XVI famously said, "I have no intention of sharing my authority." This comment regarded France's political system of absolutism. Louis XVI was the king of France from 1774 un... More »

Louis XVI called the estates-general in 1789 to enlist their support in raising taxes to help deal with France's dangerous financial problems. Money spent on wars in the prior years, including the American Revolution, ha... More »

Louis XVI called the estates-general in 1789 to enlist their support in raising taxes to help deal with France's dangerous financial problems. Money spent on wars in the prior years, including the American Revolution, ha... 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 »

Louis XVI was the last king of France and was removed from power and then had his head chopped off during the French Revolution in 1793. One reason the French public hated Louis XVI was that for marrying a foreigner, Mar... More »

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 »