He was the king of beauty and splendor and believed that he had a sacred right as France's grand monarch. In his youth, he drove a gilded chariot while dressed like Apollo. Every part of his life was staged. He raised the standard of royal opulence and courtly spectacle to a level never seen before or since. Without him, France would not be a modern state. But after making France a super power, he drove it into the ground. Join historians and experts as we examine the life of Louis XIV, the Sun King.
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