Louis XIV : King Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, lived a lavish lifestyle and built the palace of Versailles. His reign, which lasted from 1643 until his death in redefined royal opulence and the power of the absolute monarch.
Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal de Richelieu 1637 by Philippe de Champaigne. Named Chief Minister of France in 1624 by Louis XIII, Richelieu and Anne of Austria intrigued against each other until his death.
NTK3: Austria- The Austrian Hapsburg had long played a significant role in European politics as emperors in the Holy Roman Empire. The Hapsburg made a difficult transition in the 17th century, loosing the German Empire, and creating a new empire in eastern and southeastern Europe. The core of the new Austrian Empire was the traditional Austrian lands in present day Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Austria took control of all of Hungary, Transylvania, Croatia, and Slavonia.
Prussia- Prussia emerged in the and centuries as one of the great European powers. Frederick William the Great Elector laid the foundation for the Prussian state. Prussia was a small, open territory with no natural frontiers for defense.