He could not countenance being outdone in lavishness by anyone, and certainly not his finance minister

from Robert Greene – Law 1: Never Outshine the Master - Interpretation of Transgression on Rap Genius

Meaning

Louis XIV would not accept being outdone in any manner whether it be magnificence or demonstration of power. Although he was a devout Catholic, he refused to acknowledge the Church’s power over him and many times overturned certain proclamations made by the Church and previous rulers.

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