- Feb 2019
@Gvelion already said most of it. Louis XIV was ''run'' by Mazarin and his mother (He was under age, so the 2 served as a regency.) until 1651, Mazarin was chief minister until his death in 1661, after which Louis ruled by himself. Louis XIV was anything but weak, considering how much he solidified absolutism and how he made sure that he would be supreme. He was also ambitious and a glory-seeker, sometimes biting off more than he can chew. A weak man can't do this, and to call Louis weak in such a way is not right. I doubt Jay was talking about Louis when he wrote that.Weak?
L14 was run by Mazarin. L15 was run by his...wife?
Back to the American Revolution. John Jay expressed an opinion on which one was weak when he wrote the NY Constitution during the Revolutionary War, completed 1777. Jay wrote and the state ratified:
"... the bigotry and ambition of weak and wicked priests and princes have scourged mankind,"
Jay is a Hugenot. So, I take it the wicked priest is Mazarin and the weak prince is L14.