French infantry of Louis XIV reign storming a breach

French infantry of Louis XIV reign storming a breach by Peter Dennis

Louis XIV built the French army to be the strongest army in Europe. There were 300,000 soldiers that the state paid and trained. Louis used the army to enforce his laws abroad and at home.

Louis XIV built the French army to be the strongest army in Europe. There were soldiers that the state paid and trained. Louis used the army to enforce his laws abroad and at home.

The "Dragonnades" were a French government policy instituted by Louis XIV in 1681 to intimidate Huguenot families into either leaving France or re-converting to Catholicism. This involved the billeting of ill-disciplined dragoons in Protestant households with implied permission to abuse the inhabitants and destroy or steal their possessions. The soldiers employed in this role were satirized as "missionary dragoons"

Persecution of the French Huguenots (After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1904 Maurice Leloir French) Color lithograph. Yhis is why my ancestors fled France (RM)

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