A Royal Passion: Louis XIV as Patron of Architecture by Robert W. Berger

By Robert W. Berger

A Royal ardour is the 1st in-depth research of the solar King as a buyer of structure. Surveying such monuments because the Louvre, Versailles, the Invalides, and different structures which are heavily pointed out with Louis XIV, Robert W. Berger demonstrates why those structures, gardens, city areas, and their have been so vital to him. Serving as practical must haves, items of aesthetic satisfaction, and as political statements, his architectural agencies jointly underscored his absolutist authority. additionally, by way of adopting the guise of 'builder-prince', Louis XIV reasserted his kinship with the Roman emperors, whose grandeur he sought either to emulate and to surpass.

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14 News of the French attack reached Lieutenant Colonel George Washington on April 19, 1754, on the south branch of the Potomac River, while he was riding toward Wills Creek, the forward base of Virginia’s campaign to control the Ohio Valley. Washington and his Paths to the Monongahela 19 Virginia troops were now the tip of the spear, having received news the following day that Ensign Ward had surrendered the post. Royal Governor Robert Dinwiddie’s instructions had authorized him to restrain any French who obstructed British forts and to “kill & destroy” them if they resisted.

00 and gradually began to preserve and reopen it. 21 The Edgar Thomson Works now represents the last integrated steelmaking plant left in the entire Mon Valley. But ET’s roaring blast furnaces and continuous steel caster stand in stark contrast to downtown Braddock. The town has suffered from declining population, deteriorating buildings, chronic depression, and abandonment, even from presidential candidates who come to ET every few years for a photo op with the region’s last basic steelworkers.

However, alarming reports from Canadian officials such as the Marquis de la Galissonière and François Bigot prompted the French government to move forcefully against the British. In his influential 1750 memoir, Galissonière argued that New France’s primary value was not economic but strategic, as a barrier to British expansion (in 1754, the thirteen colonies were burgeoning toward a total population of 1,500,000 while New France’s was only around 55,000). The logic of containment necessitated an aggressive response to repair the Ohio breach, which officials feared would compromise New France’s existence and enable the British ultimately to gain access to the transMississippi West and riches of New Spain.

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