The early part of Louis' personal reign (after the death of Mazarin in 1661) was marked by several controversial changes to the government and council.
The period was highly successful in terms of both internal and foreign affairs. Within France judicial structure was reformed (however several contradictory and confusing laws were un-modified) and urban law was improved. Further afield, commerce, industry and colonies were tightly controlled and protected.
Louis was also successful in war. Throughout his reign he had fought wars with most European countries. During the 'War of Devolution' Louis was able to gain valuable towns in Flanders, while the 'Peace of Nijmegen' gained further territory in Flanders. However, wars in the final decades of Louis' reign weakened France and its resources.
Louis' love of the arts also provided the opportunity for France's classical age. Artists, literary greats and sculptors were all supported (or sponsored) by the monarchy. The Louvre and Versailles epitomise of this obsession.