It was against this awe-inspiring backdrop that Louis tamed the nobility and impressed foreign dignitaries, using entertainment, ceremony and a highly codified system of etiquette to assert his supremacy.
A career in the military appeared to be one worth pursuing for someone with a noble background. Moreover the Crown had an agreement with the nobility for many years that said that as long as the nobility did not pay taxes, they did not have a say in government.
All of these changes added up to a military revolution, where France could dominate affairs of the continent for the first time ever. Really, the sentencing there seemed to be more indefinite imprisonment, fines, stripping these of their religious titles or orders, and really the evidence being used against them was so little that it really took torture to be able to get some of these confessions out of them.
October 10, Tweet Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. It was impossible to be a despot while financial resources were so precarious, while no nationwide police force existed, and while the state of communications remained so poor.
His policy was to make all groups and institutions not related to the French monarchy subordinate to it.
The desire to keep it led Louis into conflict with the French Hugue nots and the papacy. He set out to curb the Hugenots and bring them to heel, the protestant enclave of La Rochelle rebelled and was speedily crushed marking the end to religous diversity in France.
Under normal condutions France would have flourished, but the building of Versailles and Louis constant wars were draining the French coffers as fast as Colbrt was filling them. They fawned over Louis competing for his attention.
As we shall see in our survey of seventeenth-century states, a monarch's absolute power was often very limited by practical realities.