Best Known For
King Louis XIV of France led an absolute monarchy during France’s classical age. He revoked the Edict of Nantes and is known for his aggressive foreign policy.
Louis XIV - Versailles (3:14)
Louis XIV - Marriage (3:42)
Louis XIV - Early Life (2:57)
Louis XIV - Death & Legacy (3:44)
Learn about the history of Versailles and how it became the grand architectural feat it is today.
Learn about the many women in Louis XIV's life and the one he was forced to marry, Maria Theresa of Spain.
Discover the early life of Louis XIV before his rise to power as king of France.
Learn about the death of Louis XIV and the legacy he left behind.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
The War of the Spanish Succession, from 1701 to 1714, further hastened Louis XIV's decline as a leader. In this conflict, Louis XIV appeared to many of his subjects to place his personal interests above his country's, as his goal was to defend the right of his grandson, Philip V,
to inherit the Spanish Empire. The long war was so costly for France that it prompted famine and placed the country deep in debt. The public went from hailing Louis XIV as a hero to blaming him for France's financial devastation.
On September 1, 1715, a few days before what would have been his 77th birthday, Louis XIV died of gangrene in Versailles, France. Following Louis XIV’s death, his 5-year-old great-grandson, Louis XV, who was the last male heir of the Duc de Bourgogne, inherited the throne.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Louis XIV profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Historic Hair Band Members 17 people in this group
Famous Virgoans 594 people in this group
Famous Kings 90 people in this group