This week we will continue to discuss absolute monarchs by examining the development of the monarchy in France. We will begin by looking at the conflict between the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants) and the Roman Catholic majority, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, and the ascent of Henry IV to the throne of France as he converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism so he can become King of France. The video below shows the horror of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
Much of our time though will be dedicated to discussing Louis XIV called the Sun King because he believed France and the world revolved around him. Louis declared ‘L’etat c’est moi’ I am the State. Louis XIV is the best example of an absolute monarch and had a greater impact both positive & negative on France than any other monarch.
The following textbook link will aid you in a deeper understanding of absolutism in France: Absolute Monarchy in France: The Reign of Louis XIV textbook reading
Finally we will spend class-time watching the video below. The Rise and Fall of Versailles.Everyone must watch the video, take notes and write a summary paragraph on the video. It must be in YOUR OWN WORDS. If you are absent then you are still responsible for watch the video, taking notes, and a summary paragraph.