Henry II of France

1519 - 1559

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Henry II (French: Henri II; 31 March 1519 – 10 July 1559) was King of France from 1547 until his death in 1559. The second son of Francis I and Duchess Claude of Brittany, he became Dauphin of France upon the death of his elder brother Francis in 1536. As a child, Henry and his elder brother spent over four years in captivity in Spain as hostages in exchange for their father. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry II of France has received more than 7,687,398 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Henry II of France is the 264th most popular politician (down from 246th in 2019), the 107th most popular biography from France (down from 96th in 2019) and the 28th most popular French Politician.

Henry II of France is most famous for his role in the death of Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Among politicians, Henry II of France ranks 264 out of 19,576Before him are Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Jawaharlal Nehru, Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, Safiye Sultan, Ashurbanipal, and Philip V of Spain. After him are Konrad Adenauer, Philip IV of Spain, Georges Danton, Georgy Zhukov, Philippe Pétain, and Wu Zetian.

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Among people born in 1519, Henry II of France ranks 2Before him is Catherine de' Medici. After him are Pope Innocent IX, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Gaspard II de Coligny, Francis, Duke of Guise, Theodore Beza, Isabella Jagiellon, Occhiali, Imagawa Yoshimoto, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Andrea Cesalpino. Among people deceased in 1559, Henry II of France ranks 1After him are Pope Paul IV, Christian II of Denmark, Christian III of Denmark, Beyhan Sultan, Isabella Jagiellon, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Benvenuto Tisi, and Robert Estienne.

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Among people born in France, Henry II of France ranks 107 out of 6,770Before him are Nicolas Poussin (1594), Philip II of France (1165), Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520), André Gide (1869), Philip V of Spain (1683), and Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763). After him are Georges Danton (1759), Philippe Pétain (1856), Charles Aznavour (1924), Maurice Ravel (1875), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), and Jean de La Fontaine (1621).


Among politicians born in France, Henry II of France ranks 28Before him are Louis IX of France (1214), Caracalla (188), Louis XI of France (1423), François Mitterrand (1916), Philip II of France (1165), and Philip V of Spain (1683). After him are Georges Danton (1759), Philippe Pétain (1856), Charles VII of France (1403), Charles VIII of France (1470), Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), and Hugh Capet (940).