Posted: December 14, 2013 in Articles
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After Louis XIII died, his four-year old son Louis XIV inherited the throne of France, and Cardinal Mazarin became his advisor. When Louis XIV became of age to rule, he made the sun his emblem and therefore was called the Sun King. When Cardinal Mazarin died, Louis XIV announced that he would rule without any ministers to help him. When most rulers before Louis XIV said things like this and dismissed their advisers, they did it so that they could have complete power over everyone in their kingdom. But Louis XIV was different. Louis XIV did not want power, he wanted fame.

Louis XIV later wrote, “In my heart I prefer fame above all else, even life itself.” Without his ministers to advise what to do and what not to do, he built a huge palace, the Versailles. It has many famous rooms in it such as the Hall of Mirrors, where seventeen mirrors stand opposite seventeen windows. and the Salon of Apollo, with a solid silver throne in it. What is interesting to me is that he made huge gardens with statues of Greek gods in them. However, instead of putting the Greek gods’ faces on them, he adorned them with his own likeness!

Today, the Versailles is still world-famous and most people know about Louis XIV (even though I didn’t). This French king really tried hard to make himself famous, and surprisingly, he succeeded! He actually did very well, because lots of people try to make themselves famous, like Ashurbanipal, the great Assyrian king who made the first library. Most American people think Ben Franklin made the first library, but it was actually Ashurbanipal, in a failed attempt to make himself famous.

I thought for a short while what I would do if I wanted to be famous, but I quit thinking about it after less than one minute. I thought it was a weird thing to want to be. I don’t care too much about fame.

by John

  1. Andy Oldham says:

    I love your decision making! Are you going to write anything for us about Your thoughts on CHRISTmas?

    • We don’t know. We do our own family traditions at Christmas which are distinctly Christian (for instance we always read out of Luke on Christmas morning and sing the Christmas hymns), but we also enjoy the secular aspects as well (gift-giving, Christmas tree, baking cookies, etc). Since Christ is loved, celebrated, and acknowledged every day of the year, we don’t really have any extraordinary thoughts on Christmas. We just love this time of year for a variety of reasons I guess. Maybe some good thoughts will come to us one day 🙂

      • Andy Oldham says:

        Sounds like these words are sufficient. Perhaps you could just write it that way. I was thinking about helping you guys get out on the blogosphere more. You have a really nice blog. What I’d like to do is just introduce the two of you to my group of followers after the first of January. I have a little over 200 followers. If you want to do this let me know and I will. BUT BEFORE WE DO, I want you to talk to your mom and dad and ask them if it’s ok first, ok? Let me know what you decide.

        I love that you celebrate Christ everyday. 🙂

    • Hi Andy. John and I have given your comment a lot of thought. First of all, we want to say thank you 🙂 You can do whatever you want as far as introducing us to your readers. No one over here minds. Also, we don’t want you to be disappointed by our blog if we don’t always write about things that interest you or your readership. As we say in our “About Us”, we just write about things that we find interesting and we find a lot of things interesting. We do appreciate your support though!

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