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 5,191,821 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Henry III of France is the 200th most popular politician (down from 170th in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from France (down from 75th in 2019) and the 19th 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 200 out of 19,576Before him are Ali Khamenei, Batu Khan, William I, German Emperor, Louis the Pious, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. After him are Hosni Mubarak, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Bayezid I, Mehmed I, Darius III, and Joanna of Castile.

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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 1After him are Catherine de' Medici, Jacques Clément, Christophe Plantin, Anna Maria of the Palatinate, Benedict the Moor, Alessandro Farnese, Johannes Sturm, Bernard Palissy, Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Michael Baius, and Charles II, Lord of Monaco.

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Among people born in France, Henry III of France ranks 79 out of 6,770Before him are Charles X of France (1757), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Jacques-Louis David (1748), William the Conqueror (1028), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), and Louis the Pious (778). After him are Madame du Barry (1743), Louis Braille (1809), Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744), Louis XVII of France (1785), Pierre de Coubertin (1863), and Jacques Chirac (1932).


Among politicians born in France, Henry III of France ranks 19Before him are Francis I of France (1494), Claudius (-10), Louis Philippe I (1773), Charles X of France (1757), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), and Louis the Pious (778). After him are Louis XVII of France (1785), Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis IX of France (1214), Caracalla (188), Louis XI of France (1423), and François Mitterrand (1916).