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  • n. king of France from 1643 to 1715; his long reign was marked by the expansion of French influence in Europe and by the magnificence of his court and the Palace of Versailles (1638-1715)


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  • Le Brun and Colbert called Louis XIV's attention to Edelinck, who received commissions, a pension, the title of engraver to the king, apartments in the Gobelins, and the position of professor in the Gobelins Academy from the monarch whose features he depicted in fourteen engravings.

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  • The personalities jump off the page, none more so than Louis XIV, whose superannuated yearning for his second and secret wife, Madame de Maintenon, cannot fail to raise a chuckle.

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  • But the director, Jean-Marie Villégier, staged it as though it were being performed by the courtiers of Louis XIV, who was one of the opera's biggest fans.

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  • This was an absolutist monarchy, founded by Louis XIV, with all power vested in the throne.

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  • When General de Gaulle observed, in his memoirs, that he had always had "a certain idea of France," one needed no clairvoyance to divine that he hankered after the role of Louis XIV, during whose long reign the sun had risen, with punctual ceremony, at Versailles.

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  • The court rituals of Louis XIV's Versailles mimicked the Byzantine imperial ceremonies, creating an elaborate pyramid of family relations with court officials in fixed proximity to the monarch and distinguished by specific costumes and weapons.

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  • Because while The Auteur treated his fellow hacks with a haughtiness that made Louis XIV look like Michael Palin, it was as nothing compared to the froideur he reserved for football managers.

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  • Charles II was determined to match his French counterpart, Louis XIV, in extravagant ambition.

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  • If that phrase sounds like hubris to you, your opinion was shared by Louis XIV, who attended a housewarming party at Vaux on the night of Aug. 17, 1661.

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  • Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully in 1676, "Atys" was meant to entertain French king Louis XIV, who had a habit of participating in performances himself.

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