∙Ruled France for 72 years, from 1643-1715
∙Nicknamed the sun king because he was the most powerful king, and was as powerful as the sun.
∙Built the luxurious-isolated Palace of Versailles
∙Ruled France from May 10, 1774- September 4, 1792. He was the last king of France before the French Revolution.
∙First part of reign was marked by attempting to reform France in agreement with Enlightenment ideas. This included efforts to abolish serfdom, remove taille and increase tolerance toward non-Catholics.
∙Louis’s secret dealings and counter-revolutionary intrigues was discover. Him and his family were charged with treason. Louis was found guilty and immediately condemned to death.
∙At the age of 14, Marie married Louis XVI, she was the youngest daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I.
∙Made a good impression on France people at first. Even though the marriage had sealed an alliance between Austria and France, the two nations had often been at war.
∙Marie was still a teeenager when she became a queen in 1774. She had no education or experience on which to bad her judgment