The Political Philosopher
IT WAS NOT until the death of Mazarin that Louis XIV really understood what it meant to be king of France; at last he realized how vast was his authority, how unbounded the field that lay open to his passion for glory. He was exalted, his whole being felt this new stimulus; there was a new note of loftiness in his desire for power. In his Mémoires he tried to give words to this intoxicating and confused emotion, this realization, as it were, that he was more than human. “I realized,” he writes, “that I was king; for that I had been born. A sweet exaltation permeated me that you will never understand until you experience it yourself.”
KeywordsPolitical Philosopher Political History Sovereign Power Spiritual Question Legislative Assembly
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