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HIS 1120 Study Guide - Final Guide: Ebsco Information Services


Department
History
Course Code
HIS 1120
Professor
Tesler Mabe
Study Guide
Final

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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.
Thesis:
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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