Louis XV

Louis XV

After the absolutist monarch Louis XIV died, his 5 year old great-grandson Louis XV became king. Louis suppressed, but was not able to completely subdue, the parlements. Seeing their opportunity with a young king, their power began increasing again. The cause of absolute monarchy, which had reached it’s height under Louis XIV, began to sink. Louis’ chancellor dissolved the parlements, but this didn’t stop them forever. After he died, his successor Louis XVI was forced to call the Estates General due to the heavy debts he inherited from his father. In fact, over half the budget of the French government was being used for interest payments. This was not a common occurrence in France, as the Estates General had not been called for over 170 years!

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