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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 Roman 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 1,923,104 page views. Her biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Margaret of Valois is the 44th most popular nobleman (down from 31st in 2019), the 243rd most popular biography from France (down from 196th 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 44 out of 842Before her are Marie Thérèse of France, Otto von Habsburg, Alexander Nevsky, Queen Sofía of Spain, Pope Leo IX, and Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom. After her are Henry IV of England, Arthur, Prince of Wales, Giuliano de' Medici, Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême, Edward the Black Prince, and Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich 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, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma, Prospero Alpini, Nicolò Contarini, Vitsentzos Kornaros, 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, Heo Jun, Dom Justo Takayama, Virginia de' Medici, Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Claudio Acquaviva, and Pieter Both.

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In France

Among people born in France, Margaret of Valois ranks 243 out of 6,011Before her are Paul Signac (1863), François Quesnay (1694), Georges Clemenceau (1841), Pope Clement IV (1190), Zinedine Zidane (1972), and Jean Marais (1913). After her are Oscar I of Sweden (1799), Stéphane Mallarmé (1842), Colette (1873), Serge Gainsbourg (1928), Philip the Good (1396), and Charles Gounod (1818).

Among NOBLEMEN In France

Among noblemen born in France, Margaret of Valois ranks 7Before her are William the Conqueror (1028), Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122), Charles the Bold (1433), Marie Thérèse of France (1778), and Pope Leo IX (1002). After her are Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775), Raynald of Châtillon (1123), Robert Guiscard (1016), Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674), Charles, Count of Valois (1270), and Jeanne d'Albret (1528).