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Louis XIV of France- Louis XIV of France ranks as one of the most remarkable monarchs in history. He reined for 72 years, 54 of them he personallycontrolled French government. The 17th century is labeled as the age of Louis XIV. Since then his rule has been hailed as the supreme example of a type ofgovernment - absolutism. He epitomized the ideal of kingship. During his reign France stabilized and became one of the strongest powers in Europe. Duringhis reign France became the ideal culture since he put great care into its enhancement so he could boast it to the world. Louis The Great, Louis The GrandMonarch, or The Sun King, French Louis Le Grand, Louis Le Grand Monarque, or Le Roi Soleil, king of France who ruled his country, principally from hisgreat palace at Versailles, during one of its most brilliant moments. The country changed drastically from savage mediaeval ways to a more refined,exquisite living - evident from his palace in Versailles. Within 54 years he did what several kings worked on for centuries. French culture became one ofthe most appealing in the world, and the name Louis XIV has been associated with greatness and glory. Louis XIV was a great monarch, and he was capable ofmaintaining strong kingdom because he never, in his entire life, doubted his right to be king. His autocracy was indeed amazing, and truly an example ofthe kind. He lived and ruled, as a king should have. Louis XIV became the ideal king, and many have tried unsuccessfully to live up to his glory.