Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (September 27, 1627 – April 12, 1704) was a French bishop, historian, and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. His career was long and distinguished and included countless honors, including 11 years spent tutoring the Dauphin Louis XIV, who, arguably, would become one of France's greatest kings. Bossuet was widely published and the bulk of his work focuses on theological doctrine and sermons. However, he also published a popular history, L'Histoire Universelle, that went through many editions long after his death from kidney stones in 1704.