Royal rivals

Louis XIV’s reign spanned 72 years, making him the longest-reigning European monarch of a sovereign country.  He saw fellow monarchs come and go, and in some cases, whole dynasties rise and fall in neighbouring states. In the Siècle de Louis XIV, Voltaire supplies readers with a long list of contemporary monarchs and other heads of state. Here are some of the best known:

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