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House of Valois
House of Valois
Real Name: Maison de Valois
Kings: Charles IX of France

Francis II of France
Henry II of France

Queens: Catherine de' Medici (Queen Regent)

Mary I of Scotland (Former) Elisabeth of Valois (Queen of Spain)

Royals: Princess Claude

Prince Louis
Prince Henri
Princess Henriette
Princess Emone

Nobles: Sebastian

John Philip

Location: France
Affiliations: Kingdom of France Flag - France
First Mention: Pilot

The House of Valois is a royal house of France. They succeeded the Capetians to the French throne in the 13th century and have ruled France since.

List of Valois Rulers[]

Kingdom of France[]

Kingdom of Poland[]

In History[]

The French Wars of Religion[]

The last phase of the Valois rule in France was marked by the French Wars of Religion. The Massacre of Vassy sparked the "first" religious war between the Catholics and the Huguenots. Navarre and Guise died in this war. Anne de Montmorency, Constable of France, was a notable casualty of the second war. Condé died in the third war. The Huguenots were unable to win a substantive victory, but were able to keep an army in the field.

King Henry of Navarre married Margaret of France, sister of Charles IX, in 1572. The marriage, which had been expected to reconcile the Protestants and Catholics, proved to be a disappointment. The St. Bartholomew's Day massacre ensued - the Huguenots who flocked in Paris for the wedding were massacred en masse. Navarre and Condé were spared, forced to convert, and detained.

In 1573, the king's brother, Henry, Duke of Anjou, was elected King of Poland. Only three months after Charles' coronation, he succeeded to the French throne as Henry III. The following year, the king's only remaining brother, Francis, Duke of Alençon, fled the court and joined with Condé and Navarre.

This combined threat forced the new king to grant the demands of the rebels. Alençon was made Duke of Anjou. The concessions to the Huguenots disquieted the Catholics, who formed the Catholic League. The Huguenots held the southwest and were allied to England and the princes of Germany. The death of the king's brother in 1584 meant that the Huguenot King of Navarre had become heir presumptive to the throne of France.

Pressured by the Catholic League, the king issued the Treaty of Nemours, which outlawed Protestantism and made Protestants incapable of holding royal office.

In the resulting War of the Three Henrys, the royalists led by the king, the Huguenots led by Henry of Navarre, and the Catholic League led by Henry of Guise, fought a three-way contest for the control of France. After the humiliation of the Day of the Barricades, Henry III fled from Paris. Guise was assassinated by the king's guard on Henry III's order. Henry thought Guise's assassination would finally restore his authority, but it only drew the odium of the populace. So much so, that Henry III had to seek refugee in Navarre and with its King, Henry of Navarre.

The two kings were on the point of taking Paris with their great army, when the French king fell by the hands of an assassin. With his death the male line of the House of Valois had been completely extinguished, after reigning for 261 years in France.

Family Tree[]

In Reign[]

King Francis I
Claude of France
Duke Francis
King Henry
Queen Catherine
Madeleine of Valois
Charles of Valois
Margaret of Valois
King Francis
Mary Stuart
Queen Elisabeth
King Philip
Princess Claude
Luc Narcisse
King Charles
Prince Henri
Princess Margot
John Philip
Prince Don Carlos

In History[]

Francis I
Claude of France
Louise of France
Charlotte of France
Francis III
Henry II
Catherine de' Medici
Madeleine of Valois
Charles II
Margaret of Valois
Francis II
Elisabeth of Valois
Claude of Valois
Louis of Valois
Charles IX
Henry III
Margaret of Valois

Reign's and History's Characters[]

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House of Valois
King: Charles IX of France Queen: Catherine de' Medici (Regent)
House of Valois
Heir: Henry of Valois Lands: Kingdom of France
Title(s): King of France · King of Poland · King Consort of Scotland · Grand Duke of Lithuania · Duke of Orléans ·
Deceased Members: Louis of Valois · Henriette of Valois · Emone of Valois · Henry II of France · Francis II of France
Household: ·