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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

Marriage and massacre: St Bartholomew's Day

In 1572, Catherine de Médicis and Jeanne d’Albret decided to fulfil the promise made by Henri II to Antoine de Bourbon and unite their respective children – Marguerite de Valois and Henri de Navarre – in marriage. his marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant was intended to be the apotheosis of the Edict of Saint-Germain, and the symbol of the country's newfound religious unity. Instead, it served as a pretext for one of the darkest episodes in France's history – the St Bartholomew's Day massacre.
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