Henry IV of France

1553 - 1610

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Henry IV (French: Henri IV; 13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610), also known by the epithet Good King Henry or Henry the Great, was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first monarch of France from the House of Bourbon, a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty. He was assassinated in 1610 by François Ravaillac, a Catholic, and was succeeded by his son Louis XIII.The son of Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme and Jeanne d'Albret, the Queen of Navarre, Henry was baptised as a Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith by his mother. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry IV of France has received more than 4,557,985 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Henry IV of France is the 84th most popular politician (up from 86th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from France (up from 31st in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Politician.

Henry IV of France is most famous for being the first Bourbon King of France. He was also a key figure in the French Wars of Religion.

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Among politicians, Henry IV of France ranks 84 out of 15,710Before him are Mary I of England, Mehmed the Conqueror, Louis XV of France, Osman I, Selim I, and James K. Polk. After him are Margaret Thatcher, Heinrich Himmler, Ashoka, Mary II of England, Hadrian, and Tiberius.

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Among people born in 1553, Henry IV of France ranks 1After him are Margaret of Valois, Louise of Lorraine, Archduke Ernest of Austria, Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, Luca Marenzio, Patriarch Filaret of Moscow, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma, Vitsentzos Kornaros, Prospero Alpini, and John Florio. Among people deceased in 1610, Henry IV of France ranks 2Before him is Caravaggio. After him are Matteo Ricci, Ludolph van Ceulen, François Ravaillac, Adam Elsheimer, Honda Tadakatsu, False Dmitry II, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Catherine Vasa of Sweden, Hasegawa Tōhaku, and Anthony Jenkinson.

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Among people born in France, Henry IV of France ranks 29 out of 5,234Before him are Émile Zola (1840), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Napoleon III (1808), Henri Matisse (1869), Édith Piaf (1915), and Louis XV of France (1710). After him are Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Stendhal (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Émile Durkheim (1858), Marcel Proust (1871), and Alain Delon (1935).


Among politicians born in France, Henry IV of France ranks 8Before him are Louis XIV of France (1638), Charlemagne (748), Louis XVI of France (1754), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Napoleon III (1808), and Louis XV of France (1710). After him are Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Philip IV of France (1268), Claudius (-10), Louis XIII of France (1601), Cardinal Richelieu (1585), and Louis the Pious (778).