Anne kept the direction of religious policy strongly in her hand until 1661; her most important political decisions were to nominate Cardinal Mazarin as her chief minister and her continuation of her late husband's and Cardinal Richelieu's policy, despite their persecution of her, for the sake of her son.Anne wanted to give her son an absolute authority and a victorious kingdom.Séguier was the person who had interrogated Anne in 1637, treating her like a "common criminal" as she described her treatment following the discovery that she was giving military secrets and information to Spain.Anne was virtually under house arrest for a number of years during her husband's rule, and was physically searched and almost insulted by the chancellor according to certain sources.Warfare defined the foreign policy of Louis XIV, and his personality shaped his approach.Impelled "by a mix of commerce, revenge, and pique", Louis sensed that warfare was the ideal way to enhance his glory.During Louis' reign, France was the leading European power, and it fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession.
But attachments formed later by shared qualities of the spirit are far more difficult to break than those formed merely by blood." In 1646, Nicolas V de Villeroy became the young king's tutor.
By keeping him in his post, Anne was giving a sign that the interests of France and her son Louis were the guiding spirit of all her political and legal actions.
Though not necessarily opposed to Spain, she sought to end the war with a French victory, in order to establish a lasting peace between the Catholic nations.
He did, however, make the concession of appointing her head of the council.
Louis' relationship with his mother was uncommonly affectionate for the time.
At the time of his birth, his parents had been married for 23 years.