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The longest reign

Posted in Anniversary, History, Royalty on Sunday, 22 August 2010

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picture, King Louis XIV, the Sun King

King Louis XIV, the Sun King. Illustration by Andrew Howat

1 September marks the anniversary of the death of King Louis XIV in 1715. Born in 1638, his birth was considered a miracle as his father, Louis XIII, had been estranged from his wife, Anne of Austria, for 23 years.

Louis ascended to the throne in 1643 and reigned until his death, a period of 72 years, 3 months and 18 days – the longest reign of any European monarch. He was known as Le Roi Soleil (The Sun King) and France gained enormous power through a series of wars during his years in power.

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