There was one thing that Louis XIV, king of France and Navarre, liked just as much as his mistresses, that was using propaganda to ensure an absolute monarchy.
After twenty-three years of a childless marriage, on the fifth of September 1638, Anne of Austria, the wife of King Louis XIII, gave birth to a baby boy. This young boy would one day become one of Europe’s greatest kings ever to live. This young boy would father over fifteen children. This young boy would be known as……… LOUIS XIV.
Louis XIII died in 1643, and Louis XIV being only four years old, could not run a country. Instead the Cardinal Jules Mazarin ruled France unofficially. When Mazarin died in 1661, Louis XIV knew it was his time. He called upon his ministers to inform them of his new way of government. From then on, Louis XIV would take complete control. His ministers would act only as his advisors. They were not allowed to sign or start anything without his permission. His mother laughed. She said that her youthful, and handsome son was too busy with his mistresses, to do a good job at ruling a nation. Wow, was she wrong, for Louis XIV had a trick up his sleeve. It was propaganda. At this ripe age, Louis XIV understood its power.
Louis XIV used visual, and written propaganda, as well as his palace - Château de Versailles - to ensure his absolute monarchy.