Person:Henry IV of France (1)

Henry IV _____, de France
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. Alexandre _____1598 - 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, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Birth[2] 13 Dec 1553 Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, FranceHouse of Bourbon
Marriage 18 Aug 1572 Paris, Paris, Franceto Marguerite de Valois
Marriage 27 Dec 1600 Lyon, Rhône, Franceto Marie de' Medici
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Gabrielle d'Estrées
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Jacqueline de Bueil (add)
Marriage Cohabitation?
to Charlotte des Essars (add)
Death[2] 14 May 1610 Paris, Île-de-France, France
Reference Number? Q936976?

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Henry IV (; 13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610), also known by the epithet Good King Henry or Henry the Great, was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first monarch of France from the House of Bourbon, a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty. He was assassinated in 1610 by François Ravaillac, a Catholic zealot, and was succeeded by his son Louis XIII.

The son of Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme and Jeanne d'Albret, the Queen of Navarre, Henry was baptised as a Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith by his mother. He inherited the throne of Navarre in 1572 on his mother's death. As a Huguenot, Henry was involved in the French Wars of Religion, barely escaping assassination in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. He later led Protestant forces against the royal army.

Henry and his predecessor Henry III of France were direct descendants of King Louis IX. Henry III belonged to the House of Valois, descended from Philip III of France, elder son of Saint Louis; Henry IV belonged to the House of Bourbon, descended from Robert, Count of Clermont, younger son of Saint Louis. As Head of the House of Bourbon, Henry was "first prince of the blood". Upon the death of his brother-in-law and distant cousin Henry III in 1589, Henry was called to the French succession by the Salic law.

He initially kept the Protestant faith (the only French king to do so) and had to fight against the Catholic League, which denied that he could wear France's crown as a Protestant. After four years of stalemate, he converted to Catholicism to obtain mastery over his kingdom (reportedly saying, "Paris is well worth a mass"). As a pragmatic politician (in the parlance of the time, a politique), he promulgated the Edict of Nantes (1598), which guaranteed religious liberties to Protestants, thereby effectively ending the French Wars of Religion.

An active ruler, Henry worked to regularise state finance, promote agriculture, eliminate corruption and encourage education. During his reign, the French colonization of the Americas truly began with the foundation of the colonies of Acadia and Canada at Port-Royal and Quebec, respectively. He is celebrated in the popular song "Vive le roi Henri" (which later became an anthem for the French monarchy during the reigns of his successors) and in Voltaire's Henriade.

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  1.   Henry IV of France, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  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)