During this time, the political, social and economic conditions in France was corrupted and eventually the third estate rebelled. According to document 2, it states that King Louis XVI raised the third estate or the peasants taxes and total land owned. With this law, the middle class would be unhappy and would be frustrated about his power and how he was controlling them. The first and second estate didn’t
The move was a tactical ploy on Louis’ part because the large palace allowed him to have his main followers live in the palace, where he could spy on and observe their movement, which in turn allowed him to assess potential threats to his reign. Louis exerts his power over others, such as his brother, by making them stand while he sits and eats until he gives them permission to sit down. By doing so, King Louis is showing that he holds all the power in their relationship. Therefore, by taking power away from the nobility and evaluating future threats, Louis XIV was able to maintain absolute power of his
He did not share his power with anyone or any organization. He limited the power of his nobles and princes by having them live in his palace where their power would have been void. The nobles over time felt they needed to please Louis in return for letting them live in the Palace of Versailles (Doc 5). Louis attempted to control Protestants in France by making them convert to Catholicism. In addition he would not allow them to leave the country and he took down their churches (Doc 6).
This caused peasants to fight against their lords, burn feudal scripts, and seize manor houses. These riots that were propelled by hate, confusion, and conspiracy all kickoffed the infamous French Revolution. With King Louis, XVI reigning over France, there is a common question of “To what extent is King Louis XVI responsible for the Great Fear of 1789?” While there are many people to blame, King Louis XVI played the role of the peasants believing the outlandish rumors that caused the initial riots. He played this role by socially neglecting and placing harsh taxes on the Third Estate. King Louis XVI’s lackadaisical, inattentive, and unreasonable rule on the people of France, cause them to lose faith in their King
As described in the article, “Louis XIV, king of France,” of The Columbia Encyclopedia, Louis’s vast spending on his palace at Versailles, along with him participating in needless wars such as the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), left France in a state of debt and “greatly weakened [France] militarily” (“Louis XIV, king of France” para. 5). Additionally, Louis revoked the Edict of Nantes which had protected the religious freedoms of French Protestants known as Huguenots, as he wished to transform his monarchy to
Later when Louis took personal control in 1661 he appointed Jean Baptiste Colbert for the economic affairs. According to World history at KMLA, “The Kingdom of France had a debt of 60 million livres, an enormous sum. Colbert identified the outflow of bullion (gold, silver) as the main cause for the dilemma and the deficit in the trade with the Dutch Republic as one of the major problems to tackle. In order to reduce that, French policy had to support the domestic industry. Colbert made the tax collection system more efficient - at the beginning of his tenure in office, only about 10 % of the taxes collected ended up in the royal treasury; the fugure was raised to 85 % (taxes had been "farmed", i.e.
France’s leader, Louis Philippe, was strongly against changing the standards for voting. Although he did not want voting changes, most of France did which then resulted in the revolution. France’s population was aiming for universal male suffrage so that all males could vote even if they were not highly educated. To get what they wanted, the working class put up barricades in the street. They also sent a mob to Louis Philippe in order to scare him into abdicating.
Post Thirty Years war left France looking for a new leadership style that would give plenty of stability. What France received was Louis XIV, who would reign under the new absolute monarchy government. During Louis’ reign, divine rights controlled rank in society. This left many confused on why they were picked to be at the bottom of society, and why the king was given his power. Jean Domat, a royally appointed juror by king Louis helped explain a better understanding of the new system of governance to the people of France in his writings.
Louis the XIV also increased his military powers, which increased his total power. He had many wars that he fought in order to increase his land. He grew the country the France with these wars. By growing the land that France owned he increased his power by increasing the amount of people he ruled over, and also gained the respect of the people making it easier for him to be an absolute
King/Saint Louis IX has been improving our government since he first stepped onto the throne. He is the most generous, devoted, and honorable king France has ever seen! King Louis always puts his people first and does all he can to pursue his religious goals. I truly do believe that he fully lives up to his ‘Saint’ name. King Louis has done many things to improve his kingdom.