Margaret of Valois

1553 - 1615

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Margaret of Valois (French: Marguerite, 14 May 1553 – 27 March 1615), popularly known as La Reine Margot, was a French princess of the Valois dynasty who became Queen of Navarre by marriage to Henry III of Navarre and then also Queen of France at her husband's 1589 accession to the latter throne as Henry IV. Margaret was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici and the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. Her union with the King of Navarre, which had been intended to contribute to the reconciliation of Catholics and the Huguenots in France, was tarnished six days after the marriage ceremony by the St Bartholomew's Day massacre and the resumption of the French Wars of Religion. In the conflict between Henry III of France and the Malcontents, she took the side of Francis, Duke of Anjou, her younger brother, which caused Henry to have a deep aversion towards her. As Queen of Navarre, Margaret also played a pacifying role in the stormy relations between her husband and the French monarchy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret of Valois has received more than 2,230,147 page views. Her biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Margaret of Valois is the 37th most popular nobleman (up from 45th in 2019), the 209th most popular biography from France (up from 243rd in 2019) and the 7th most popular French Nobleman.

Margaret of Valois was the daughter of King Louis XII of France and Queen Anne of Brittany. She was married to King Henry VIII of England. She was most famous for her role in the War of the Roses, which was a civil war in England.

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Among noblemen, Margaret of Valois ranks 37 out of 1,415Before her are Şehzade Mehmed, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Ramesses I, Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, Charles the Bold, and Queen Sofía of Spain. After her are Marie de' Medici, Edward VII, El Cid, Otto von Habsburg, Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia.

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Among people born in 1553, Margaret of Valois ranks 2Before her is Henry IV of France. After her are Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, Archduke Ernest of Austria, Louise of Lorraine, Patriarch Filaret of Moscow, Luca Marenzio, Marie of Cleves, Princess of Condé, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma, Prospero Alpini, Nicolò Contarini, and John Florio. Among people deceased in 1615, Margaret of Valois ranks 1After her are Hans von Aachen, Toyotomi Hideyori, Sanada Yukimura, Giambattista della Porta, Dom Justo Takayama, Heo Jun, Yodo-dono, Virginia de' Medici, Claudio Acquaviva, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, and Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia.

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In France

Among people born in France, Margaret of Valois ranks 209 out of 6,770Before her are Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Letizia Ramolino (1750), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), Jean Marais (1913), Jean-Luc Godard (1930), and Roland Barthes (1915). After her are Charles IV of France (1294), François-René de Chateaubriand (1768), Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663), Pope Clement IV (1190), Pope Urban IV (1185), and Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789).

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Among noblemen born in France, Margaret of Valois ranks 7Before her are William the Conqueror (1028), Marie Thérèse of France (1778), Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122), Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (1934), Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775), and Charles the Bold (1433). After her are Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Pope Leo IX (1002), Raynald of Châtillon (1123), Robert Guiscard (1016), Philip the Bold (1342), and Charles, Count of Valois (1270).