Why call someone the Sun King?

I know who the Sun King was (Louis XIV of France), but why would you call someone the Sun King....and did people grovel a lot during his reign? I was watching New Girl and she was talking about how she hated to grovel and that she would have lasted 2 seconds in the court of the Sun King. All answers are helpful :)... show more I know who the Sun King was (Louis XIV of France), but why would you call someone the Sun King....and did people grovel a lot during his reign? I was watching New Girl and she was talking about how she hated to grovel and that she would have lasted 2 seconds in the court of the Sun King. All answers are helpful :) Thanks
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