Historical background


The novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind reflects the historical reality of the time when the action takes place. From 1643 until his death in 1715, "the Sun King" Louis XIV reigned in France. Under him, science and art flourished and were widely appreciated. Louis XIV was a patron of artists. His penchant for wealth is particularly evident in the construction of the magnificent Palace of Versailles, which was also intended to be a sign of his power. As sole ruler, he consolidated the monarchy and led France to great international renown.

From 1715 to 1774, the regent Louis XV ruled. The order of the estates in France came under increasing criticism because laws favored the first and second estates. This happened at the disadvantage of the third estate. France's economic situation deteriorated due to high war expenses.

In 1701, while Louis XIV was still in power, paper money was introduced, and in 1716 an official bank was set up to offer shares ...

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