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Biographical Information
Real Name: Henry de Bourbon
Title: King of France

King Henry IV

Reign: 2 August 1589 – 14 May 1610
Coronation: 27 February 1594
Predecessor: King Henry III
Successor: King Louis XIII
Born: 13 December 1553
Death: 14 May 1610
Age: 56
Religion: Roman Catholicism
House: House of Bourbon
Gender: Male Male.png
Originally From: Pau, Kingdom of Navarre
Parents: King Antoine (Father)

Queen Jeanne (Mother)

Wife: Princess Margaret

Marie de' Medici

Family: Catherine de Bourbon (Sister)

Louis Condé (Uncle)
King Francis II (3rd Cousin)
King Charles IX (3rd Cousin)
King Henry III (3rd Cousin)

Children: Prince César (Son)

Princess Catherine (Daughter)
Louis XIII of France (Son)
Queen Elisabeth of Spain
Princess Christine (Daughter)
Nicolas Henri de France (Son)
Gaston, Duke of Orléans (Son)
Queen Henrietta Maria of England (Daughter)

Affiliations: House of Bourbon
TV Character Information
First appearance: The Price
Portrays: Henry de Bourbon

Henry de Bourbon was the oldest surviving child to King Antoine and Queen Jeanne, and became the future King of France.


Henry de Bourbon, also known as "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre 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 Queen 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, barely escaping assassination in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and later led Protestant forces against the royal army.

Henry, as Head of the House of Bourbon, was a direct male-line descendant of Louis IX of France, and "first prince of the blood". Upon the death of his brother-in-law and distant cousin King Henry III of France in 1589, Henry was called to the French succession by the Salic law. He initially kept the Protestant faith and had to fight against the Catholic League, which denied that he could wear France's crown as a Protestant, to obtain mastery over his kingdom. After four years of stalemate, he found it prudent to abjure the Calvinist faith. As a pragmatic politician, he displayed an unusual religious tolerance for the era. 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 a usurper by some Catholics and a traitor by some Protestants, Henry became target of at least 12 assassination attempts. An unpopular king immediately after his accession, Henry's popularity greatly improved after his death, in light of repeated victories over his enemies and his conversion to Catholicism. The "Good King Henry" was remembered for his geniality and his great concern about the welfare of his subjects.


Family Tree

Charles, Duke of Vendôme
Françoise d'Alençon
Marie de Bourbon
King Antoine
Queen Jeanne
François de Bourbon
Charles de Bourbon
John de Bourbon
Eléanor de Roucy de Roye
Louis Condé
King Henry IV of France
Catherine de Bourbon
Henri de Bourbon
François de Bourbo
Charles de Bourbon
Charles de Bourbon

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