Henry I, Duke of Guise

1550 - 1588

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Henry I, Prince of Joinville, Duke of Guise, Count of Eu (31 December 1550 – 23 December 1588), sometimes called Le Balafré (Scarface), was the eldest son of Francis, Duke of Guise, and Anna d'Este. His maternal grandparents were Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, and Renée of France. Through his maternal grandfather, he was a descendant of Lucrezia Borgia and Pope Alexander VI. In 1576 he founded the Catholic League to prevent the heir, King Henry of Navarre, head of the Huguenot movement, from succeeding to the French throne. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry I, Duke of Guise has received more than 358,044 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Henry I, Duke of Guise is the 1,378th most popular politician (down from 1,234th in 2019), the 524th most popular biography from France (down from 455th in 2019) and the 123rd most popular French Politician.

Henry I, Duke of Guise is most famous for being a Catholic leader and supporter of the Catholic League during the French Wars of Religion.

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Among politicians, Henry I, Duke of Guise ranks 1,378 out of 15,710Before him are Warren G. Harding, Philoctetes, Olaf II of Denmark, Teti, Al-Mu'tasim, and Ludwig I of Bavaria. After him are Abijah of Judah, Carloman II, Ramiz Alia, Christopher of Bavaria, Carloman of Bavaria, and Emperor Yang of Sui.

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Among people born in 1550, Henry I, Duke of Guise ranks 7Before him are Charles IX of France, John Napier, Willem Barentsz, Safiye Sultan, Charles IX of Sweden, and Camillus de Lellis. After him are Jang-geum, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, John Davis, Stanislaus Kostka, Karin Månsdotter, and Do-Aklin. Among people deceased in 1588, Henry I, Duke of Guise ranks 4Before him are Mimar Sinan, Paolo Veronese, and Frederick II of Denmark. After him are Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, 3rd Dalai Lama, Henri, Prince of Condé, Qi Jiguang, Johann Weyer, Bernardino Telesio, Alonso Sánchez Coello, and Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz.

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Among people born in France, Henry I, Duke of Guise ranks 524 out of 5,234Before him are Pierre Boulez (1925), Henri Barbusse (1873), Alexandre Cabanel (1823), René Laennec (1781), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), and Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786). After him are Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), Marcel Mauss (1872), Chilperic I (539), Rashi (1040), Genevieve (423), and Antipope Clement VII (1342).


Among politicians born in France, Henry I, Duke of Guise ranks 123Before him are Alaric II (458), Gaspard II de Coligny (1519), Henri, Count of Chambord (1820), Baldwin II of Jerusalem (1060), Paul Barras (1755), and Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786). After him are Chilperic I (539), Mary of Guise (1515), William II of England (1056), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis, Prince of Condé (1530), and Charles II of Navarre (1332).