French History

French History
  • Prehistory
  • Ancient History
  • The Middle Ages
  • Hundred Years' War
  • The Black Death
  • Joan of Arc
  • The Renaissance
  • The 17th century
  • The French Revolution
  • The Era of Napoleon
  • The late 19th century
  • The early 20th century
  • The Fifth Republic

The 17th century - Le Grand Cicle

During the 17th century the French Monarchy prospered and enjoyed great power. The feudal monarchy was turned into an absolute monarchy. Extravagance and lavish expenses particularly characterized the reign of Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. He made sure to hold on to power by keeping the local princes and lords occupied at elaborate court events and affairs, too busy to plot against him.

Such extravagance brought many musicians, poets, writes and architects to France, commissioned by the royal court, however these expenses, as well as those generated by the King’s wars, left France financially weak by the end of his reign.