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 death 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 Polish nobility'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 3,676,590 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Henry III of France is the 155th most popular politician (up from 168th in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from France (up from 78th in 2019) and the 17th 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 155 out of 15,710Before him are Augusto Pinochet, Murad I, Caracalla, Joseph Goebbels, Oliver Cromwell, and Pol Pot. After him are Ho Chi Minh, Demosthenes, Batu Khan, Brutus the Younger, Cyrus the Great, 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, Fausto Veranzio, Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak, Ğazı II Giray, 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 Christophe Plantin, Jacques Clément, Alessandro Farnese, Benedict the Moor, Johannes Sturm, Anna Maria of the Palatinate, Bernard Palissy, Jean-Antoine de Baïf, Michael Baius, and Heo Nanseolheon.

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Among people born in France, Henry III of France ranks 76 out of 5,234Before him are Jacques-Louis David (1748), Louis the Pious (778), Francis I of France (1494), Roman Polanski (1933), Caracalla (188), and Romain Rolland (1866). After him are Marquis de Sade (1740), Pope Urban II (1042), Guy de Maupassant (1850), Octave Mirbeau (1848), Maximilien Robespierre (1758), and Henry II of France (1519).


Among politicians born in France, Henry III of France ranks 17Before him are Claudius (-10), Louis XIII of France (1601), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), Louis the Pious (778), Francis I of France (1494), and Caracalla (188). After him are Maximilien Robespierre (1758), Henry II of France (1519), Louis Philippe I (1773), Francis II of France (1544), Louis IX of France (1214), and Charles X of France (1757).