Who was King Louis XIV, how long did he reign and when was the Palace of Versailles built? Meet France’s notorious Sun King

LOUIS XIV was the King of France who tyrannically governed his empire from 1643-1715.

The extravagant monarch, who vowed to rule with absolute power, is one of the longest serving rulers in history and is now the star of a saucy BBC drama Versailles.

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