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Francis I of France

1494 - 1547

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Francis I (French: François Ier; Middle French: Francoys; 12 September 1494 – 31 March 1547) was King of France from 1515 until his death in 1547. He was the son of Charles, Count of Angoulême, and Louise of Savoy. He succeeded his first cousin once removed and father-in-law Louis XII, who died without a son. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis I of France has received more than 4,362,900 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Francis I of France is the 131st most popular politician (up from 148th in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from France (up from 72nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Politician.

Francis I of France is most famous for being the first monarch of the House of Valois. He was also the first of the French kings to be crowned at Reims.

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Among politicians, Francis I of France ranks 131 out of 15,577Before him are Xerxes I, Claudius, Mark Antony, Narendra Modi, Bayezid II, and Kim Jong-il. After him are Mehmed IV, Murad II, George W. Bush, Deng Xiaoping, Harry S. Truman, and Henry V of England.

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Among people born in 1494, Francis I of France ranks 2Before him is Suleiman the Magnificent. After him are François Rabelais, Fuzûlî, Georgius Agricola, Pontormo, Bona Sforza, Jean Parisot de Valette, Leo Africanus, Lucas van Leyden, William Tyndale, and Rosso Fiorentino. Among people deceased in 1547, Francis I of France ranks 3Before him are Henry VIII of England and Hernán Cortés. After him are Anne of Bohemia and Hungary, Sebastiano del Piombo, Pietro Bembo, Hadım Suleiman Pasha, Pier Luigi Farnese, Duke of Parma, Saint Cajetan, Vittoria Colonna, Marie of Luxembourg, Countess of Vendôme, and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.

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Among people born in France, Francis I of France ranks 52 out of 6,011Before him are Auguste Rodin (1840), Pierre de Coubertin (1863), Michel de Montaigne (1533), Émile Zola (1840), Claudius (-10), and Brigitte Bardot (1934). After him are Pierre de Fermat (1601), Michel Foucault (1926), William the Conqueror (1028), Stendhal (1783), Gustave Flaubert (1821), and Edgar Degas (1834).


Among politicians born in France, Francis I of France ranks 12Before him are Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Henry IV of France (1553), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Philip IV of France (1268), Louis XIII of France (1601), and Claudius (-10). After him are Cardinal Richelieu (1585), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Louis IX of France (1214), Henry III of France (1551), Louis the Pious (778), and Caracalla (188).