Louis XIV, the epitome of the absolute monarch in Europe, had one goal: to strengthen France’s position in Europe. As his quest for power gained momentum, rivalry with the Habsburgs proved inevitable. It led to numerous conflicts between the two powers in the seventeenth century, culminating with the War of the Spanish Succession, triggered by Louis XIV’s decision to impose one of his grandsons as king of Spain. His ultimate victory over the Habsburgs marked the end of France encirclement.
In the series:
Nov. 9: Charles V and Francis I
Nov. 16: Louis XIV, the Habsburgs and the War of Spanish Succession
Nov. 23: Reversal of alliances
Nov. 30: The Habsburgs and Napoleon
Dec. 7: France and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire during WW1