The "Sun King" and member of the Bourbon dynasty whose 72-year reign is the longest in French history
Stressed "divine right" theory- that his authority to rule was given to him by God ("I am the State")
Built the Palace of Versailles
Successful in part thanks to the economic policies of finance minister Jean Colbert
End of his reign would be plagued by unsuccessful wars.
minister of finance under Louis XIV, embraced mercantilism and made France self-sufficient
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