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Creating French Culture

traces the relationship of politics and culture in France, from Charlemagne to Charles de Gaulle, through 200 manuscripts, illustrations, coins, medals, letters, maps, hymnals, chant books, thrones, novels, paintings, and other artifacts. Items are organized into four periods: monarchs and monasteries (800 - 1500), the path to royal absolutism (1500 - 1650), the rise and fall of the absolute monarchy (1650 - 1800), from empire to democracy, (1800 - present). (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

From its inception, the French monarchy sought to expand state control over culture in order to consolidate its political power both nationally and internationally.
The bust of Louis XIV, date unknown. Medals from Louis XIV's 'Histoire métallique' (History in Medals), Department of Coins, Medals and Antiquities, série royale.

Crowning the Sun King—June 7, 1654

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