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Henry III of France

1551 - 1589

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Henry III (French: Henri III, né Alexandre Édouard; Polish: Henryk Walezy; Lithuanian: Henrikas Valua; 19 September 1551 – 2 August 1589) was King of France from 1574 until his assassination in 1589, as well as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1573 to 1575. As the fourth son of King Henry II of France, he was not expected to inherit the French throne and thus was a good candidate for the vacant throne of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, where he was elected monarch in 1573. During his brief rule, he signed the Henrician Articles into law, recognizing the szlachta's right to freely elect their monarch. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry III of France has received more than 4,637,738 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Henry III of France is the 172nd most popular politician (down from 155th in 2019), the 75th most popular biography from France (up from 76th in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Politician.

Henry III was the son of King Henry II and Catherine de Medici. He was born in 1551 and became king of France at the age of nine. His reign was marked by political instability, with his uncle, the Duke of Guise, controlling much of France. In 1588, the Duke of Guise was assassinated and Henry III was assassinated in 1589.

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Among politicians, Henry III of France ranks 172 out of 15,577Before him are Pol Pot, Catherine I of Russia, Demosthenes, Batu Khan, Joanna of Castile, and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. After him are Akbar, Reinhard Heydrich, Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, Suleiman II, Thutmose III, and Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Among people born in 1551, Henry III of France ranks 1After him are Giulio Caccini, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Fausto Veranzio, Ğazı II Giray, Giovanni I Cornaro, William Camden, Robert Peake the Elder, and John Speed. Among people deceased in 1589, Henry III of France ranks 2Before him is Catherine de' Medici. After him are Jacques Clément, Christophe Plantin, Alessandro Farnese, Benedict the Moor, Johannes Sturm, Anna Maria of the Palatinate, Bernard Palissy, Michael Baius, Jean-Antoine de Baïf, and Heo Nanseolheon.

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Among people born in France, Henry III of France ranks 75 out of 6,011Before him are Gustave Eiffel (1832), Romain Rolland (1866), Louis IX of France (1214), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), Henri Bergson (1859), and Louis de Funès (1914). After him are Tacitus (54), Pope Urban II (1042), Marquis de Sade (1740), Gustave Courbet (1819), Irène Joliot-Curie (1897), and Louis the Pious (778).


Among politicians born in France, Henry III of France ranks 16Before him are Louis XIII of France (1601), Claudius (-10), Francis I of France (1494), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), and Louis IX of France (1214). After him are Louis the Pious (778), Caracalla (188), Edward IV of England (1442), Louis Philippe I (1773), Charles X of France (1757), and Napoleon II (1811).