Louis XIV: Rethinking Absolutism (session 2)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Louis XIV, the Sun King, is often referred to as an absolutist monarch, in spite of the term’s anachronism. In this seminar, participants will look at a variety of sources, including excerpts from the king’s memoirs and from anti-Louis XIV treatises by Leibniz and Jurieu, in order to examine how monarchical power was viewed during the seventeenth century. Seminar participants will discuss the difference between absolutism, tyranny, and divine right, and draw parallels and contrasts with the association of religion and power in today’s world.

Seminar led by Ellen McClure, University of Illinois at Chicago