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Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]


Philippe d'Orleans, Monsieur, his wife Henriette-Anne of England, Minette, and their daughter between them: detail of The Family of Louis XIV by Jean Nocret (Chateau de Versailles)

1 Louis XIV in 1673 |