Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

J.A. McChrystal


History is primarily a cultural study of events, characters and movements that have taken place during the ages. The purpose of this study, however, is not to memorize dates of particular events or characters but to view it with a study from a philosophical view­ point. Various ages are outstanding in European history in which man has been politically, socially, and intellect­ually benefited, therefore we make special mention of the Seventeenth Century in which the Age of Louis XlV is characteristic. Due to the policies of Devine Right advocated by Mazarin and Richelieu, Louis XlV was able to rule as an Absolute Monarch with considerable success. The transition of the French language to the language of Europe was largely responsible to the efforts of the Ple'ide, the poets, Montaigue, Descartes, Maeherbe, Pascal, Bossuet and the dramatists Corneille, Racine, and Molidre. In the Arts and Sciences France was equally important in advancing the intellectual minds of the people of Europe. Lastly the great influence of the genuises of this age possessed on the minds of the people cannot be compared to any previous age in history.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the School of Liberal Arts, Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy

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