Louis XIV (1638-1715)
The reign of the Sun King was the longest in the history of the French monarchy. ...Establishing a system of absolute monarchical rule, Louis XIV announced to his ministers that he intended to govern the country alone. He would instead rely on men in which he had great trust, like Colbert.
A popular orator, also referred to as "Mirabeau of the populace", Danton was a ...leading figure in the French Revolution. After initially being one of the instigators of the Reign of Terror, he found himself at the head of a group known as the Indulgents and was in fact sentenced to death for opposing The Terror.
A French writer and philosopher, Denis Diderot, born in Langres, was the son of ...a master cutler. After studying with the Jesuits, he was tonsured in 1726 and went to Paris in 1728.