Absolutism within France
was a political system associated with kings such as Louis
XIII and, more particularly, Louis XIV.
Absolutism or absolute monarchical rule was developing across Europe during the
Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Important politicians such as Cardinal
Richilieu were staunch supporters of absolutism.
Henry IV: ruled during the shock of the Protestant Reformation and used Edict
of Nantes to declare
religious toleration in France, but
was murdered by a religious fanatic
Louis XIII: nine year old inherited a divided and violent France
-Cardinal Armand Richelieu: crushed power of the nobles
and Protestants to make
Louis XIV: 5 year old inherited a powerful/unified France and made it a superpower