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Louis XIV

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Definition 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)
  • 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
  • King Louis XIV had it stamped onto the barrels of all of the cannons that were forged during his reign.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • I was Louis XIV and you were one of my—my—(Changing his tone.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Louis XIV. had gold embroidered caryatides fifteen feet high in his apartment.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • 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
  • 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
  • The whole costume reminded Sophie of pictures she had seen of the court of Louis XIV.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The door's lock and hinges are so big and antiquarian, they must be Louis XIV.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hartwell's pine table took its place in front of the fleur-de-lys-strewn throne of Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In 1685, the state of Genoa offended Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In the year 1685, the state of Genoa having offended Louis XIV.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Was it not Louis XIV.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 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 Hidden Oracle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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