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AbsolutismDuring the Middle Ages, a kings powerwas based on support from the Church andnobles. There were no real powerful kingsduring these years. (600-1400s)In order to build their power, kings had tochallenge the power of the Church and thepower of the nobles. From the 1500s tothe 1800s, kings built absolute power.What is absolutism?Define it in your words:Make a list of things you would do ifyou had just taken over a country thathad been democratic likes ours andyou wanted to be an absolute ruler.Think about the things that you wouldhave to change and how you woulddeal with the people who were usedto democracy.France in the Age of AbsolutismRead on page 454 and make a list ofthe steps taken by Henry IV andRichelieu to make the FrenchMonarch more powerful.Henry IV:Richelieu:Louis XIV and AbsolutismLouis XIV of France ranks as one of the mostremarkable monarchs in history. Hereigned for 72 years, 54 of them hepersonally controlled French government.The 17th century is labeled as the age ofLouis XIV. Since then his rule has beenhailed as the supreme example of a type ofgovernment - absolutism.He epitomized the ideal of kingship. Duringhis reign France stabilized and becameone of the strongest powers in Europe.The Sun KingEntrance to VersaillesVersaillesLouis Controls France FromVersaillesIn 1682, Louis XIV moved his entire administrativecourt from the Louvre Palace in Paris to Versailles.The court consist

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