louis xiv

  1. KingOnTheEdge

    Could Louis XIV Annex the Austrian Netherlands?

    France has a long history of wanting what we now call 'Belgium,' dating all the way back to when West Francia had the Belgian west coast. Despite this, the only time it ever came close to holding the territory was under napoleon's hegemonic reign. However, during the reign of Louis XIV, France...
  2. WI: Louis XIV and Le Grand Dauphin had morganatic children

    So, both Louis XIV and his son, le Grand Dauphin, married privately their mistresses (the King in 1683 to the Marquise de Maintenon, his son in 1695 to Marie Émilie de Joly de Choin) with the Grand Dauphin even having a short-lived son with his second wife. Now, what if both of them had had...
  3. WI: Louis XIV and Philippe, Duc de Orléans, swapped wives

    What if instead of marrying Maria Theresa of Spain (while his brother Philippe married first Henrietta of England and after her Lieselotte of the Palatinate), Louis XIV married Henrietta (as her mother wanted) and after her death at a young age married the Princess Palatine, while his brother...
  4. WI: Louis XIV becomes Holy Roman Emperor

    What would happen if in the election of 1656, Louis XIV becomes Holy Roman Emperor? I've heard that Cardinal Mazarin attempted to have him elected as emperor but failed because the Habsburgs controlled the empire. In an alternate timeline, it would be interesting to see how Louis XIV becoming...
  5. Comte de Dordogne

    The Sun of Rocroi TL- A better Grand Condé
    Threadmarks: #Prologue

    The Sun of Rocroi- A better Grand Condé "The purple of the Prince or the sword in the service of the Prince... These two ideals of greatness can only be achieved if one or the other is chosen. " -Louis XIII on his deathbed addressing the Grand Condé before the latter's triumph at Rocroi...
  6. KingOnTheEdge

    Biggest Realistic French Empire?

    I'm curious, how big can we get France and her empire without getting into wank territories? Bonus points if you start with a POD between Charlemagne's death and Louis XIV's birth
  7. The_Persian_Cat

    WI: France intervened in the Glorious Revolution?

    What if Louis XIV intervened in the Glorious Revolution? Had it not been for William and Mary, England would not have joined the Nine Years' War, and Louis would have had a staunch Catholic ally on the English throne in James II. Would France have conquered the Dutch Republic, and brought...
  8. KingOnTheEdge

    AHC: France Conquers The Whole Of The Low Countries Long Term

    Is there anyway France could control all of the Low Countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg) permanently before the Revolution? I imagine a different partition of the Carolingian empire or if Louis XIV was devoted to that single goal could go a long way. What would some of the...
  9. Basileus_Komnenos

    If Louis XVI was more like Louis XIV how would he deal with the French Revolution?

    Assuming the King of France were someone like Louis XIV, how would he deal with the increasing Revolutionary Fervor within France, and maintain his power as King? How would he force reform in France to fix the financial crisis and unrest among the peasantry and middle class? How would he have...
  10. DracoLazarus

    WI : Earlier War of the Augsburg League (9YW)

    To put this back into context, the War of the Augsburg League (or Nine Years' War) saw France and the Jacobites face together much of Europe in a coalition. First intended by Louis XIV to be a short war in a closing window of opportunity, it turned into a long war of attrition. So, let us assume...
  11. Talus I of Dixie

    Vive Les Marquis! A Canadien Timeline
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1: The Battle of Blenheim

    The Alliance Falls in Blenheim The Triple French Attack Deciding the Battle of Blenheim In the midst of the battle, Clérambault remains calm about the persistent attacks on Blenheim, and does not dispatch the reserve battalions. With this, Cutts proceeds with the third attack on the village...
  12. Talus I of Dixie

    WI: King Louis' War (1662-1674)

    The Peace of Westphalia guarantees portuguese independence under the terms of the OTL Restoration War. The Dutch metropolis pours A LOT of money into WIC and VOC, New Holland can survive, and the spaniards decide it would be a good idea to enter the competition in the East Indies. They promote...
  13. Alternate Absolutism: An AP Euro Simulation

    I’m a high school senior and am currently enrolled in the class AP European History. Recently this semester, we did a simulation of diplomacy and war as a project where all members of the class became the leaders of most of the European nations ca. 1700 ending around 1720-30. We are doing...
  14. Best PoD for lasting French domination of Europe

    Basically what the title says. When did France have the best chance of solidifying control over Western Europe for an indefinite amount of time? What would be the consequences of French domination in any of these periods? Some ideas: -Post Charlemagne, pre-Hugh Capet -Louis XII and Francis I...
  15. JonasResende

    Fun AHC/WI: Maria Anna of Neuburg, Dauphine of France, Dowager Queen of Spain

    I'm not sure how likely this is, but the rumour ran in Madrid shortly before/after Carlos II's death, that his widow wished to remarry to the dauphin. There was even a pasquinade on the clause in Carlos' will that settled the lordship of any city she chose on her wherein it said: "Madrid or...
  16. War of the French Succession

    In February 1712, while the War of the Spanish Succession raged across Europe, the entire family of Louis, Duke of Burgundy, the Petit Dauphin, heir to the French throne, contracted the measles - he himself, his wife, and his two children. He and his wife died, and soon afterwards also the...
  17. WI: French influence in Ayutthaya continues from 1688 onward?

    The Ayutthaya Kingdom under King Narai (1657–1688) was highly amenable to foreign influence. Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek adventurer, became prime counsellor to King Narai, and became the de facto ruler of Thailand during that period. Important commercial ties were forged with Japan. Dutch and...
  18. JonasResende

    WI: Athénaïs de Mortemarte, Duchesse de Noirmoutier

    OTL, Madame de Montespan was betrothed to Louis de la Trémoïlle, later duc de Noirmoutier. Unfortunately, Louis went and got involved in a duel and had to quietly leave the country, and she married the marquis de Pardillan instead. Now, Louis Alexandre de la Trémoïlle is a member of one of the...
  19. JonasResende

    WI: No Versailles

    As the title says. Louis XIV built his magnificent palace in the 17th century and it remained home to the French kings until the Revolution, but it also led to a growing isolationism of the king and court from the general population. So WI Louis decides to go no further than improving the...
  20. Archduke

    How to Prevent the Revocation of Nantes?

    How could the the revocation of the Edict of Nantes be plausibly prevented? Would Louvois' death and Colbert's continued dominance in court help? Or would it be more beneficial if Maria Theresa lived longer and Louis never married the very religious Madame de Maintenon? In what fashion could the...
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