the only thing i remember from history class is that he forced all the nobles from over the country to attend court at Versailles if they had business with him, and he structured things in such a way that he kept them there much of the time, which diminished the power they hold over their own fiefdoms because they weren't there to oversee things. there are people that would say absolutism is a bad thing, but i'm not one of them. it makes for a strong central government. it need tinkering with, but if it weren't for Louis XIV or someone like him, local governments would still be more powerful than national governments. and, let's face it, the states can't pave ******* roads, much less run education, a military, or any of the rest of it.
VitaRegina 16-17, F 2 Answers 1 Dec 12, 2010