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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

Heir to the throne

In 1584, the unthinkable happened. François d’Anjou, the youngest son of Henri II, died without leaving a male Valois heir, making Henri de Navarre heir to the throne. This was intolerable to hard-line Catholics, and the prospect of seeing a Protestant wearing the crown of France made emotions run high in the final years of the reign of Henri III.
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