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Scientific Revolution/Enlightened Despot DBQ
POV Practice
POV Practice – Part I
Analyze the documents and write a formal POV statement for each source.
Using your knowledge of European history between the late 17th to early 18th
centuries and the following documents, assess the validity of the following statement:
Louis XIV, the "Sun King" of France, can be considered an 18th century enlightened
despot.
Prompt: 1.
Document 1
"Complaints and petitions arrived in great numbers but I did not allow that to put me
off...They enabled me to inform myself in detail about the condition of my people...When
cases of injustice came to my attention I made further inquiries and sometimes stepped
in to rectify them. One or two examples of this kind prevented a thousand similar
abuses."
- Louis XIV, commenting on the Code Louis, 1670
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Document 5
"Louis the Great, the sun that gives light to the day...the sun that makes the birds sing..."
- Inscription on an Architectural arch in Tournai, 1680
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Document 7
"I have every reason to be satisfied since the very Christian king has treated me most
civilly and others have done all that they can to give me pleasure..."
- Letter from Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark to his father on his trip to the
court of Louis XIV,1701
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POV Practice – Part II
Analyze the documents and write a formal POV statement for each source.
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