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Louise de La Vallière 1644-1710 was mistress to Louis XIV from 1661 to 1667. Initially the king had been infatuated with his brother's wife, Charles the II's beautiful sister Henrietta. But Louise was a beauty in her own right and set in his path to divert his attention and it worked. She had four children by the king but she was not talented at subterfuge or court politics and was supplanted by her supposed friend Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan.

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The Dauphin, later Louis XIV (1638–1715) King of France, and Philippe, duc D’Anjou, later Philippe (1640–1701) duc d’Orleans, as children, circa 1640 by Claude Deruet

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Reign: May 14, 1643 – September 1, 1715 Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, reigned as King of France for 72 years, longer than any other European monarch. Under his reign, France became the most powerful country in Europe. Louis ended feudalism in France and modernized the country. During his rule, the military and fine arts flourished. Louis believed strongly in the divine right of kings, saying that he was the sun and that his courtiers and France should revolve around him like…

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Louis XIV and Marie Thérèse tenant chacun un sceptre et se donnant la main, 17th C engraving, French school

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Louis XIV, Roi de France et de Navarre (1638-1715); by Jean Nocret.

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Portrait presumed to be Louis XIV and Philippe de France, Monsieur, as duc d'Anjou, 17th century, French school (Versailles)

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Louis XIV en habit de mascarade; gouache de J. Werner (?), 1663.

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King Louis XV of France as child by Pierre Gobert, c. 1715

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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/138837600986877769/ Louis XIV in 1673 | http://www.pinterest.com/pin/138837600986878829/

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