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HIS 1120 Study Guide - Final Guide: Ebsco Information Services

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HIS 1120
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The Primary Source:
I have chosen the late-seventeenth-century painting of the grand canal at Versailles, from
page 520 of the manual (The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (Volume II: Since 1500)
as my primary source. The painting depicts the Grand Canal behind Louis XIV newest castle,
Chateau Versailles, and a statue of the Greek god of the sun, Apollo. Louis XIV liked to call
himself the “sun-king”, and therefore he surrounded himself with things that reminded him of
this, such as the god of the sun, Apollo. I found this interesting, and I found his palace,
Versailles, also very interesting. The use of the statue to show his power made me wonder if the
entirety of Versailles was also used as a symbol, or even as a grouping of symbols of his
authority, power, and vanity. I decided I wanted to research the context surrounding the
construction of Versailles and its purpose. During my initial research, I found that Louis XIV
exerted and demonstrated his absolute glory through many other ways, including war, his royal
court and other royal affairs.
Louis XIV redefined the French Monarchy of the time, displaying his absolute power and
vanity through his palace and seat of government, Versailles.
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