This statement was initially greeted with disbelief. After all, up to 22 years of age the king drew the attention of a penchant for panache and love affairs. He seemed to be created exclusively for idleness and pleasure. But it took quite a bit of time to make sure of the opposite. As a child, Louis received a very poor upbringing - he barely learned to read and write. However, by nature, he was gifted with common sense, a remarkable ability to understand the essence of things and a firm determination to maintain his royal dignity. According to the Venetian envoy, "nature itself has tried to make a man of Louis XIV, which was destined in his personal qualities to become the king of a nation." He was very handsome and stately. All movements were given the courage and heroism. He had a very important for the king the ability to express a brief, but clear. All my life diligently engaged in public affairs, from which it could not take any entertainment or old age. "The kingdom of means of labor and labor - used to say, Louis - and much to be one without the other would be ingratitude and disrespect regarding the Lord." Unfortunately, his innate greatness and diligence served as a cover for the most shameless selfishness. Neither the French king did not differ before a monstrous pride and selfishness, no European monarch so clearly extolled himself above others and smoked with pleasure incense own greatness. This is evident in everything that concerned the Louis: his court and public life, in its domestic and foreign policy, his love interest in his buildings.