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The Age of Absolutism describes a period of European history in which monarchs successfully gathered the wealth and power of the state to themselves. Louis XIV is the poster image of the absolute monarch. When he said "L'etat c'est moi" (I am the state) he was to a great extent correct. France was powerful and prosperous and represented that which all European monarchs aspired to.


Absolutism  primary source documents - Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Eyewitness to History eyewitness accounts from history, including Inside the Court of Louis XIV

The Path to Royal Absolutism and The Rise and Fall of Absolute Monarchy  exhibit containing information and photographs on this period in French history - Library of Congress

Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan excerpts - North Park University - Hobbes' philosophical treatise on the virtues of absolute power

Pre-enlightenment Europe Richard Hooker, Washington State University

The Theory of Absolutism textbook entry by Jackson J. Spielvogel. Western Civilization

Château de Versailles
The official site of the Palace at Versailles, in both French and English - includes 360 degree panoramic views of The Court of the Chateau, The Hall of Mirrors, and The King's Chamber

Les images de pouvoir à l'époque de Louis XIV
Illustrated site in French about culture and society of the France of Louis XIV

Absolute Monarchies: 1598-1689 Northpark University chronology