Talk:Louis XIV

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I wrote all the new material, and posted it previously on Citizendium. RJJensen 08:27, 15 September 2008 (EDT)

Dancing king?

Scholars call him the dancing king. see footnote 19 . Does it make the king look a bit silly. well yes, he's a big reason Americans don't like royal courts. RJJensen 12:16, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

American hostility to nobility runs deeper than that, don't you think?--Andy Schlafly 12:30, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

RJJensen 13:06, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

yes, much deeper. In terms of visial images, American cartoonists when they want to skewer the power grabs of politicians dress them up like arrogant, super-rich French kings in royal robes. RJJensen 13:06, 7 September 2009 (EDT)
Americans don't like tyranny, for good reason. But it has nothing to do with "dancing legs" or a particular king. It was English kings, not French ones, who became the object of political caricature in cartoons.--Andy Schlafly 13:37, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

Then there's the fashion statement: kings, nobility, and other men in high places liked to wear those tights for several centuries, and this is reflected in the artwork of the many countries of western Europe, so King Louis wasn't alone. Revealed in this painting was another fetish that Louis wore to make himself look more imposing, and that was a pair of high-heeled shoes. Louis was a short man - about 5 feet 2 inches tall - and he didn't like it. Karajou 13:44, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

Not as short as Napoleon. --Joaquín Martínez 15:48, 7 September 2009 (EDT)
American republicanism was profoundly hostile to aristocracy, tyranny, corruption and luxury. The English & French kings embodied that for Americans, as did Russian czar & German/Prussian Kaiser, & emperor Hirohito. At one point (1894) President Cleveland wanted to put a tyrant back on the throne of Hawaii--and overthrow the Republic of Hawaii by force--but American public opinion was strongly opposed.RJJensen 18:18, 7 September 2009 (EDT)