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Louis Fourteen (XIV) 1643-1715

A few months after Richelieu's death, Louis XIII dies, leaving his five-year-old son Louis XIV to reign for seventy-two years, first under Mazarin's tutelage and then as absolute monarch. With his succession and under the uninterrupted influence of his long reign, all the arts flourished to an extraordinary degree. Le Roy Soldi ruled with a magnificence and status unknown since

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