- Nov 2010
Louis XIV obviously imagined a future where his grandson also inherited the throne of France (which would have happened only a couple of years after the war ended, since Louis's son and heir died an unexpectedly early death), and he spoke of the two kingdoms being united into a single superpower. But while a Bourbon did still get put on the throne of Spain, he renounced all claims to the throne of France, which ensured there would be no Franco-Spanish superstate.
Mind you if Louis XIV could've seen the future, he wouldn't have wanted much to do with declining Spain decades later!! (Sorry Martin)