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From barbare to deceptive oppressor: the image of Louis XIV guerrier in the English and Dutch satires

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Pictorial representations
Attitudes (Psychology)
Attitude (Psychology)

Abstract

King of war par excellence, Louis XIV sought to embody the ideal of the victorious hero by orchestrating a wide propaganda contributing to his globe. However, this image was strongly tainted by foreign satires produced from the 1670s onwards. The belated attitude of this monarch was widely denounced by its neighbours, who used, among other things, stamps and medals to undermine French royal representations. However, between the figure of the pretentious guarter, that of the barbare assoiffed with blood and that of the old oppressor leaking, there are several facets that respond but also oppose. This article therefore seeks to study the destruction of the guerrière image of King Soleil and questions the ambitions of such counter-propaganda.

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