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Louis XIV


During the French Revolution, I got worried about my boy Louis XIV, the Sun King, then went down to check on him and found out he had died seventy-five years earlier.
Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  king of France (and longest reigning monarch of any major European country) who is known for expanding French influence and for the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles (1638-1715)
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Also known as Louis the Great and as the Sun King. Louis XIV reigned for seventy-two years — the longest of any major European monarch.
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  • During the French Revolution, I got worried about my boy Louis XIV, the Sun King, then went down to check on him and found out he had died seventy-five years earlier.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The door’s lock and hinges are so big and antiquarian, they must be Louis XIV.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Here, homeless and friendless, after thirty-seven years of bitter captivity, perished a noble stranger, natural son of Louis XIV.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • To this, modern history laboriously replies either that Napoleon was a great genius, or that Louis XIV was very proud, or that certain writers wrote certain books.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • He filled his pages with homey accounts of the daily life of the Egyptian housekeeper, the Roman shoe-cobbler, the mistress of Louis XIV, what they ate, how they washed, where they shopped and what effect their buildings had upon their existence.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Was it not Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hartwell’s pine table took its place in front of the fleur-de-lys-strewn throne of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was the Dutch navigator Tasman who discovered this group in 1643, the same year the Italian physicist Torricelli invented the barometer and King Louis XIV ascended the French throne.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The whole costume reminded Sophie of pictures she had seen of the court of Louis XIV.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Louis XIV absorbed all the smaller stars of his court in his own vast radiance; but his father, a sun PLURIBUS IMPAR, left his personal splendor to each of his favorites, his individual value to each of his courtiers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • Louis XIV. had gold embroidered caryatides fifteen feet high in his apartment.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • We were alone in his room in the governor’s suite, a room of white walls and gold paneling, heavy mirrors hung on silk hawsers, a Louis XIV bed.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Joan of Arc, Heloise, Agnes Sorel, the beautiful Ferroniere, and Clemence Isaure stood out to her like comets in the dark immensity of heaven, where also were seen, lost in shadow, and all unconnected, St. Louis with his oak, the dying Bayard, some cruelties of Louis XI, a little of St. Bartholomew’s Day, the plume of the Bearnais, and always the remembrance of the plates painted in honour of Louis XIV.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • …in a small country town, by doing no more than yield whole-hearted obedience to her own irresistible eccentricities, and to a spirit of mischief engendered by the utter idleness of her existence, could see, without ever having given a thought to Louis XIV, the most trivial occupations of her daily life, her morning toilet, her luncheon, her afternoon nap, assume, by virtue of their despotic singularity, something of the interest that was to be found in what Saint-Simon used to call the…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • In the year 1685, the state of Genoa having offended Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In 1685, the state of Genoa offended Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • King Louis XIV had it stamped onto the barrels of all of the cannons that were forged during his reign.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • There are four area rugs, all from Persia, a green velvet recliner, two Louis XIV armchairs and a dresser from the Loire.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Louis XI and Louis XIV reduced every rank beneath the throne to the same subjection; Louis XV descended, himself and all his Court, into the dust.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • There was the Odeon quite near them, and Philip soon shared his friend’s passion for the tragedians of Louis XIV and the sonorous Alexandrine.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Spotlight expands: Imagine marble floors and marble pillars, gilt ornamentation, drapes descending forty-foot walls, an arched ceiling, an enormous Louis XIV tapestry depicting birds in flight.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It would seem that the men of the age of Louis XIV attached very exaggerated importance to those details, which may be perceived in the study, but which escape attention on the stage.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Both—Alexander Pope’s garden beside the Thames at Twickenham and Woburn Farm—were prime examples of the "modern," or "new-style" English landscape gardening that was so radically different from the highly symmetrical gardens made fashionable by the French, and particularly by the work of Andre LaNotre at Versailles in the time of Louis XIV.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Comparing French to the disciplines of a stiff French garden of Louis XIV, and English to the freedom an English park, Jespersen wrote in 1905: "The English language would not have been what it is if the English had not been for centuries great respecters of the liberties of each individual and if everybody had not been free to strike out new paths for himself."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Thirteen years ago Bourne had been told that Carlos’s huge retreat in the village hills of Vitry-sur-Seine outside Paris had more false walls and concealed staircases than a nobleman’s Loire château in the time of Louis XIV.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • It is told that the Duc d’Antin removed in a single night a whole avenue of trees that annoyed Louis XIV.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I was Louis XIV and you were one of my—my—(Changing his tone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • It is impossible to imagine a more completely central government than that which existed in France under Louis XIV.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And they were opponents of Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • They had furious contests with England for the dominion of the sea, and were among the most persevering and most implacable of the opponents of Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Nevertheless, the administration was much less centralized under Louis XIV. than it is at the present day.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Such was this war, made by the princes descended from Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • , at the Val-deGrace: a crushed and squat architecture, with vaults like basket-handles, and something indescribably pot-bellied in the column, and thickset in the dome;—the Paris of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • During his time there had been a rule of ’enlightened despotism,’ similar to that in the reign of Louis XIV almost a hundred years earlier.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • After traversing a hundred paces, skirting a wall of the fifteenth century, surmounted by a pointed gable, with bricks set in contrast, he found himself before a large door of arched stone, with a rectilinear impost, in the sombre style of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He lived at the time of Louis XIV, who had assembled all power in his own hands.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Here are the palaces of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • * Elisabeth de Rossan, Marquise de Ganges, was one of the famous women of the court of Louis XIV. where she was known as "La Belle Provencale."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nowadays we would call Louis XIV’s rule lawless and arbitrary.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He had just passed by the pavilion in which ten years later Louis XIV was born.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • In the eighteenth, having reposed for a long time at the Court of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • M. Gillenormand’s attire was not the habit of Louis XIV. nor yet that of Louis XVI.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Does it serve any purpose to ungild the crown of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • , of Richelieu, of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It took the old king Charles X. from beneath that dais which had sheltered Louis XIV. and set him gently on the ground.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It would have been impossible for the sycophants of Louis XIV to flatter more dexterously.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It may be affirmed that the writers of the age of Louis XIV would not have used these expressions: they would never have thought of using the word "equality" without applying it to some particular object; and they would rather have renounced the term altogether than have consented to make a living personage of it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Under Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You’re aware of the fact that in those days your King Louis XIV thought an imperial gesture would suffice to humble the Pyrenees in the dust, so he inflicted his grandson, the Duke of Anjou, on the Spaniards.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. d’Artagnan, printed—as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the risk of a residence, more or less long, in the Bastille—at Amsterdam, by Pierre Rouge.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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