A good place to examine the Counter Reformation that responded to the criticisms of the Protestants.
Wikipedia-Palace of Versailles
This site provides a nice listing of the various facts and details about Louis XIV's home.
Versailles, France - Google Maps
This is a satellite view of the Versailes, France. You can a really good view of its size and layout. Click on the satellite view for the best picture.
This provides a good survey of what historians dub the Scientific Revolution. Unlike current revolutions, this one is not quick.
Wikipedia-Seven Years War
This site provides a nice overview of the Seven Years War (the French and Indian War to us Americans). It is a pivotal war for both France, England, and the colonies.
Wikipedia-Age of Enlightenment
This provides a good survey of the Age of Reason. The United States is a direct outcome of this movement.
Wikipedia-Catherine II of Russia
This provides a simple biography of Tsarina Catherine II.
This provides a simple biography of Newton.
This provides a simple biography of Locke. Life, Liberty, and Property!
This provides a simple biography of Hobbes. Are you "nasty, brutish, evil, and short?"
This site focuses on the explorers from Spain and Portugal.
This site provides a good overview of the Early Modern Period.
This is a nice 6 minute review of the Colombian Exchange.