Person:Henry IV of France (1)

m. 20 Oct 1548
  1. Henry de Bourbon1551 - 1553
  2. Henry IV , de France1553 - 1610
  3. Louis-Charles de Bourbon1554 -
  4. Catherine de Bourbon1558 - 1604
m. 18 Aug 1572
  1. César , Duke of Vendôme1594 - 1665
  2. Catherine Henriette de Bourbon1596 - 1663
  3. Alexandre1598 - 1629
  1. Henri , duc de Verneuil1601 - 1682
  2. Gabrielle-Angelique - 1627
  • HHenry IV , de France1553 - 1610
  • W.  Jacqueline de Bueil (add)
  1. Antoine de Bourbon1607 - 1632
  • HHenry IV , de France1553 - 1610
  • W.  Charlotte des Essars (add)
  1. Jeanne-Baptiste de Bourbon - 1670
  2. Marie-Henriette de Bourbon - 1629
m. 27 Dec 1600
  1. Louis XIII , de France1601 - 1643
  2. Elisabeth de France1602 - 1644
  3. Christine Marie de France1606 - 1663
  4. Nicholas Henri , Duke of Orléans1607 - 1611
  5. Gaston , duc d'Orléans1608 - 1660
  6. Henriette Marie de France1609 - 1669
Facts and Events
Name Henry IV , de France
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 12 Dec 1553 Pau, Gascony, France
Other? House of Bourbon
Birth[2] 13 Dec 1553 Pau (Canton Ouest), Basses-Pyrénées, Aquitaine, France
Marriage 18 Aug 1572 Paris, Paris, Franceto Marguerite de Valois
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Gabrielle d'Estrées
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Jacqueline de Bueil (add)
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Charlotte des Essars (add)
Marriage 27 Dec 1600 Lyon, Rhône, Franceto Marie de' Medici
Death[2] 14 May 1610 Paris, Île-de-France, France

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Henry IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610), Henri-Quatre,also known by the epithet "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first French monarch of the House of Bourbon.

Baptised as a Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith by his mother Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, he inherited the throne of Navarre in 1572 on the death of his mother. As a Huguenot, Henry was involved in the French Wars of Religion, he barely escaped assassination at the time of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and he later led Protestant forces against the royal army.

As a French "prince of the blood" by reason of his descent from King Louis IX, he ascended the throne of France upon the death of his childless cousin Henry III in 1589. In accepting the throne, he found it prudent to abjure his Calvinist faith. Regardless, his coronation was followed by a four-year war against the Catholic League to establish his legitimacy. As a pragmatic politician (in the parlance of the time, a politique), he displayed an unusual religious tolerance for the time. Notably, he promulgated the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which guaranteed religious liberties to Protestants, thereby effectively ending the Wars of Religion. He was assassinated by François Ravaillac, a fanatical Catholic, and was succeeded by his son Louis XIII.

Considered as an usurper by Catholics and as a traitor by Protestants, Henry was hardly accepted by the population and escaped at least 12 assassination attempts. An unpopular king during his reign, Henry's popularity greatly improved posthumously. The "Good King Henry" (le bon roi Henri) was remembered for his geniality and his great concern about the welfare of his subjects. He was celebrated in the popular song Vive le roi Henri and in Voltaire's Henriade.

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  1.   Henry IV of France, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anselme (de Sainte-Marie). Histoire généalogique de la maison royale de France, des pairs et grands officiers de la Couronne. (Paris: la Compagnie des Libraires, 1726-1733), 1:145-146.