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Trophy bearing Louis XIV’s coat of arms

Ecole de Pierre Mignard17th century

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France

The King’s motto is highlighted here – “Nec pluribus impar”. Louis XIV explained the choice of his motto to the Dauphin in his Memoirs: “Those who saw me managing the cares of royalty with such ease and with such confidence induced me to add the sphere of the earth, and as its motto Nec pluribus impar, by which they meant to flatter the ambitions of a young king, in that with all my capacities, I would be just as capable of still ruling other empires as would the sun of still illuminating other worlds with its rays.”

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