Louis XV

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Date of Birth February 15, 1710
Place of Birth Versailles, France
Date of Death May 10, 1774 (64)
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Louis XV of France

Louis XV, known as Louis the Beloved, was King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death in 1774. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity on 15 February 1723, the kingdom was ruled by Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, as Regent of France. Cardinal Fleury was his chief minister from 1726 until the Cardinal's death in 1743, at which time the king took sole control of the kingdom. His reign of almost 59 years was the second longest in the history of France, exceeded only by his predecessor and great-grandfather, Louis XIV, who had ruled for 72 years. In 1748, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands, won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745. He ceded New France in North America to Spain and Great Britain at the conclusion of the disastrous Seven Years' War in 1763. He incorporated the territories of the Duchy of Lorraine and the Corsican Republic into the Kingdom of France.

Predecessor: Louis XIV
Successor: Louis XVI
Regent: Philippe d'Orléans (1715–23)
Born: February 15, 1710, Palace of Versailles, France
Died: May 10, 1774, Palace of Versailles, France
Burial: Royal Basilica, Saint Denis, France
Issue, among others...: Louise Élisabeth, Duchess of Parma, Princess Henriette, Princess Marie Louise, Louis, Dauphin of France, Philippe, Duke of Anjou, Princess Marie Adélaïde, Princess Victoire, Princess Sophie, Princess Thérèse, Louise, Abbess of Saint Denis
House: Bourbon
Father: Louis, Duke of Burgundy
Mother: Marie Adélaïde of Savoy
Religion: Roman Catholicism

About Louis XV

Eighteenth-century French royal. A member of the House of Bourbon, he began his reign as King of France and Navarre in 1715.

Before Fame

He succeeded his great grandfather, Louis XIV, as King of France, taking the throne at the age of five.


During his reign, he conceded land to Austria and Great Britain, weakening the position of the French monarchy and laying the groundwork for the French Revolution.

Family Life

He was born at Versailles to the Duke of Burgundy and Marie Adelaide of Savoy. He married Marie Leszczynska in 1725; the marriage produced several children.


After his death from smallpox, his grandson Louis XVI became King of France.

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