absolutism timeline

  • Period: Jan 1, 1572 to


  • Aug 24, 1572

    St. Barthololmew's Day Massacre

    As Huguenot and Catholic nobles gathered to celebrate a royal wedding, violence led to 3000 Huguenots dead.
  • Henry IV becomes king

    When King Henri III of France was assassinated in 1589, King Henri III of Navarre became King Henri IV of France
  • Edict of Nantes

    it granted the hugenots religous toleration and let them fortify their own towns and cities
  • Defenestration of Prague

    Catholics were thrown out of a window. Causing fights between potestants and cath.
  • Cardinal Richeilieu Strengthens Monarchy

    Richeilieu wanted to strengthen royal family by taking out nobility.
  • Louis XIV becomes King

    Richelieu dies so Louis takes over throne
  • Peace of Westphalia

    Under the terms of the peace settlement, a number of countries received territories or were confirmed in their sovereignty over territories.
  • Creation of Varsailles

    Louis wanted a symbol of power and strength so he took his fathers old hunting lodge and turned it into his palace
  • Creation of St. Petersburg

    captured territory along neva river and turned into palace to compete with verailles.
  • charles signs petition of right

  • english civil war begins

  • charles executed

  • creation of commonwealth