• Bust by Bernini 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      Prior to the revocation Louis had apppointed de Baville to convert the Huguenots of northern France.
    • The chapel at Versailles 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      Persecution had decimated the Huguenots and Louis performed a coup de grace by revoking the Edict of Nantes in 1685. It is estimated that half a million Huguenots (one forth-one third of their total of 2 million) left the ...
    • The gardens of Versailles 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      Both the buildings and gardens of Versailles glorify the sun king with Apollo as his classical progenitor.
    • The Hall of Mirrors 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      Louis co-opted the nobility by carefully parcelling out favors, among the most important of which were invitations to Versailles.
    • Portrait in Versailles of Louis XIV 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      Louis' goal was to consolidate the power of the state and his person as absolute monarch.
    • The royal bedroom 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      225,000 conversions were claimed, many by threat of torture.
    • Statue of Louis XIV at the entrance to Versailles 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1978)
      After the death of Prime minister Marzin, Louis declined to appoint another Prime Minister with the declaration "L'etat, c'est moi!" (I am the state!)