During the 17th century, two very different types of governments developed in Europe.In France, Louis XIV established an Absolutist State, while in England, Elizabeth I followed a Parliamentary government. Even though, Louis XIV and Elizabeth I saw a brilliant flourishing in their kingdoms, only one of them had the power to rule successfully.
In France, Louis XIV ruled by Divine Right and had the absolute control of his kingdom during his long reign.He took several steps to assure his authority above everyone in France.First, he only allowed the nobles who supported him to retain their titles.Second, he revoked Edict of Nantes that forced the Hugnenots (French Protestants) to convert to Catholicism or die.Then, he started his move toward building his splendid palace, which known as the Versailles (located outside Paris).He needed a finance minister, so he hired Colbert to strengthen the economy and trade of France.Louis XIV was an extremely authoritive king, but people called him the Sun King for they witnessed how France was a place of art and glory.
In England, Elizabeth I followed a Parliamentary government, which allowed her to rule her people, and in the time, satisfy Parliament with her kingdom policies.Elizabeth I aimed for peace and security to England, which was why she didn't allow any religious strives to arise in her it.Therefore, herfirst step was to promote Protestantism within England.Then, she chose excellent advisors and she expanded the English Navy which stunned the world of its defeat to the Spanish Armada.Elizabeth I never got married and was wedded to England, that was why people called her the Virgin Queen.
France and England had excellent rulers, however, England was ruled successfully, without any economical or political problems.Even though Louis XIV ruled with absolute control, he still wasn't completely wise in the decisions he took toward the H