Louis XIV the “Sun King” roast!!

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Louis XIV The “Sun King”


French philosopher Voltaire dubbed the period of 1661-1715 as the

“Age of Louis XIV”. He supported his king, and glorified Louis XIV throughout many of his writings. Many historians agree, but would YOU?
Up for debate: Should the 17th century justly be called the “Age of Louis XIV”? Many people would agree, Louis XIV put France on the map, but he ruled with an iron fist. It was his way, or the highway ladies and gents!! Remember….he is known for saying, “L’etat C’est Moi!”, and “One King, one law, one faith!” Therefore, we will have a ROAST of Louis XIV. Have you seen them on Comedy Central? James Franco? Flavor Flav? Charlie Sheen? They have actually been around since the 1960s believe it or not! A roast is an event, almost exclusively in the United States, in which an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes. The implication being that the “roastee” is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, even people who are NOT so fond…. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast." The host of the event is called the "roastmaster." Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been "roasted."
Directions: You are each assigned a role; someone who either came into contact with Louis, a ruler, a specific group of people in France, etc. Based on your assigned role, how would you feel about the 17th century being labeled as a golden age of Louis XIV? What would you like to say to Louis? How do you plan on “roasting” him? Any jokes you wanna crack? Personal stories or vendettas?

  • Be sure to read about your assigned role in depth (use chapter 15)

  • Prepare a note card of detailed information (at least five points) to make during the roast. You can include your statements, jokes, basically, how you want to roast him. You may use your note card, but do not read directly off of it.

  • Any props you have would make the roast more interesting and exciting. Example: Peasant- a few coins left to your name, tools you use on the land, etc.

  • You will be graded on a scale of 1-10 for your statements, participation, and “role”. Notecards will be turned in as well.

Here are some sites you should look at:

http://www.louis-xiv.de/ great website for overview (you should all look at it)

http://histclo.com/country/fran/demo/frd-peas.html peasants

http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/d/253/ Excerpt from Voltaire’s "Internal Government" (1756)

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook05.html primary sources by Louis XIV

http://www.theatrehistory.com/french/moliere005.html- for Moliere



Louis XIV

Nobles of the Royal Court (1) French playwright Moliere

Huguenot minister Ghost of Machiavelli

Jean Baptiste-Colbert Ghost of Richelieu

Philip of Orleans his brother John Locke

Anne of Austria (his mother)

Member of Parlement (1)

French Peasant (1)


Thomas Hobbes

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