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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 31 March 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 6,733,959 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Henry II of France is the 248th most popular politician (down from 175th in 2019), the 96th most popular biography from France (down from 82nd in 2019) and the 23rd 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 248 out of 15,577Before him are Emperor Meiji, Georgy Zhukov, James VI and I, Şehzade Bayezid, Woodrow Wilson, and Helmut Kohl. After him are Philip V of Spain, António de Oliveira Salazar, Hu Jintao, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles XII of Sweden, and Safiye Sultan.

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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, Occhiali, Isabella Jagiellon, Theodore Beza, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Imagawa Yoshimoto, and Antonis Mor. 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, Fatma Sultan, Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, and Robert Estienne.

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Among people born in France, Henry II of France ranks 96 out of 6,011Before him are Jean-François Champollion (1790), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Maurice Ravel (1875), Jean de La Fontaine (1621), Madame de Pompadour (1721), and Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736). After him are Philip V of Spain (1683), Peter Abelard (1079), Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Charles Aznavour (1924), Louis XVII of France (1785), and George Sand (1804).


Among politicians born in France, Henry II of France ranks 23Before 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). After him are Philip V of Spain (1683), Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Louis XVII of France (1785), Charles VII of France (1403), Philippe Pétain (1856), and Georges Danton (1759).