Louis XIII of France conferring the Order of the Holy Spirit, 17th century (1882-1884). Artist: Unknown
Louis XIII of France conferring the Order of the Holy Spirit (l'Ordre du Saint-Esprit), 17th century (1882-1884). Louis XIII (1601-1643) was the Son of Henri IV and Marie de' Medici and the father of Louis XIV. He came to the throne in 1610 aged 8 after the assassination of his father. His mother ruled as regent until Louis was 13, and continued to be de facto ruler of France until she was sent into exile in 1617. After this, Louis would go on, with the assistance of his minister, Cardinal Richelieu, to become one of the first examples of an absolute monarch. A print from La France et les Francais a Travers les Siecles, Volume II, F Roy editor, A Challamel, Saint-Antoine, 1882-1884.
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