Absolutism

Introduction

Upon completion of this lesson project the student will be able to:

  • identify how absolute leaders were able to maintain control over their subjects
  • evaluate the influence of the Renaissance and Reformation on the institution of absolutism

The Age of Absolutism describes a period of European history in which monarchs successfully gathered the wealth and power of the state to themselves. Louis XIV is the poster image of the absolute monarch. When he said "L'etat c'est moi" (I am the state) he was to a great extent correct. France was powerful and prosperous and represented that which all European monarchs aspired to.