French History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 2,308

  • 1544-04-14 Battle at Carignano: French troops under Earl d'Enghien beat Swiss
  • 1544-08-17 Imperial/English armies occupy Saint-Dizier France

Historic Event

1544-09-18 Peace of Crépy signed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V & French King Francis I ending the Fourth Hapsburg-Valois War

Historic Event

1544-09-30 King Henry VIII draws his armies out of France

  • 1545-04-12 French King Francois I orders protestants of Vaudois to be killed
  • 1545-07-21 The first landing of French troops onto the coast of the Isle of Wight during the French invasion

Historic Event

1547-03-31 Henry II succeeds Francois I as King of France

  • 1547-07-25 Henry II of France is crowned
  • 1548-08-15 Mary Queen of Scotland arrives in France, aged 6
  • 1549-08-08 Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne
  • 1549-08-12 French troops conquer Ambleteuse, in the Pas-de-Calais, and kill all the English prisoners.
  • 1550-03-24 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne
  • 1552-01-15 France signs secret treaty with German Protestants
  • 1552-04-10 Henri II of France occupies Metz
  • 1557-06-07 England declares war on France
  • 1557-08-10 Battle of St Quentin in Picardy: Lamoraal, Count of Egmont and Philibert, Duke of Savoy (Spanish Empire) beat the Duke of Montmorency (France)
  • 1558-01-07 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by France
  • 1558-01-08 French troops under Duc de Guise occupy Calais
  • 1558-07-13 Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines
  • 1558-07-23 Battle of Grevelingen: Lamoraal, Count of Egmont beat France
  • 1558-11-07 French King Henry II occupies Calais
  • 1559-04-02 England & France sign 1st Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
  • 1559-04-03 Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis
  • 1559-06-30 King Henry II of France is seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery
  • 1560-03-15 Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise, France
  • 1561-01-28 By Edict of Orleans French persecution of Huguenots is suspended

Historic Event

1561-08-19 Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith, Scotland to assume the throne after spending 13 years in France

Historic Event

1562-01-17 French regent Catherine de' Medici issues the Edict of St Germain recognizing Huguenots in France

  • 1562-04-30 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
  • 1563-04-30 Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI
  • 1563-07-27 French army recaptures Le Havre

Historic Event

1563-08-17 King Charles IX of France declared an adult at 13

  • 1564-04-11 England & France sign Peace of Troyes
  • 1565-09-20 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Florida & massacre the French
  • 1567-09-29 War of Religion breaks out in France - Huguenots try to kidnap King Charles IX
  • 1567-11-10 Battle at St-Denis: French government army vs Huguenots
  • 1568-03-23 Treaty of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike
  • 1570-07-25 Battle of Arnay-le-Duc, Burgundy: Huguenot victory forces Charles IX of France to agree to a peace treaty that ends the Third War of Religion
  • 1572-04-21 France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant
  • 1572-08-22 Failed assassination on Gaspard de Coligny, a French nobleman and admiral, a Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion (killed 2 days later)
  • 1572-08-24 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces
  • 1574-02-23 France begins 5th "holy war" against Huguenots
  • 1574-05-30 Henry III follows brother Charles IX as King of France
  • 1575-02-13 Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims
  • 1575-11-08 French Roman Catholics & Huguenots signs treaty

Historic Event

1576-02-05 Henry of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) abjures Catholicism at Tours

  • 1578-04-27 Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favorites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
  • 1579-05-17 Artois, Henegouwen and French-Flanders sign Treaty, the Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish Duke van Parma as land guardian
  • 1580-11-26 French Huguenots & Roman Catholics sign peace treaty
  • 1582-04-03 Francis of Valois, Duke of Anjou honored as Duke of Gelre, Earl of Zutphen
  • 1582-08-23 Francis of Valois, Duke of Anjou pays tribute to earl of Flanders
  • 1583-06-17 Brabant: Duke of Parma beats French mercenaries
  • 1585-01-02 Spain & Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville
  • 1585-07-07 King Henri III and Duke De Guise signs Treaty of Nemours: French Huguenots lose all freedoms
  • 1588-07-11 French King Henri III accept demands of Catholic League
  • 1589-08-01 Assassination of French King Henry III by friar Jacques Clément
  • 1589-09-21 Battle at Arques: French King Henry IV beats Catholic League

Battle of Ivry

1590-03-14 Battle of Ivry: French King Henry IV beats Catholic League during French Wars of Religion

Historic Event

1609-07-29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years

Historic Event

1610-05-15 Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French King

  • 1610-06-19 Samuel de Champlain and his French army defeat the Mohawk people at the Battle of Sorel in New France, present-day Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
  • 1614-10-02 French King Louis XIII declared an adult at 13
  • 1615-06-02 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France
  • 1616-05-03 Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war
  • 1616-11-20 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War
  • 1620-06-03 Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1620-08-07 Battle at Ponts-the-Ce, Poitou: French king Louis XIII defeats his mother Marie de Medici
  • 1620-12-23 French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII

Historic Event

1621-04-15 Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,961

  • 1606-02-10 Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • 1606-05-25 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary in New France, born in Paris (d. 1649)
  • 1606-06-06 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Horace), born in Rouen, France (d. 1684)

Jeanne ManceJeanne Mance (1606-1673)

1606-11-12 French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), born in Langres, France

  • 1607-01-10 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary & martyr, born in Orléans, France (d. 1646)
  • 1607-11-15 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), born in Le Havre, Normandy, France (d. 1701)
  • 1608-04-25 Gaston, Duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, born in Palace of Fontainebleau, France (d. 1660)
  • 1608-05-15 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • 1609-11-16 Henrietta Maria, French-born daughter of Henry IV of France and Queen Consort of England (d. 1669)
  • 1610-02-13 Jean de la Badie, French theologian, founder of Labadists, born in Bourg, Bordeaux, France (d. 1674)
  • 1610-04-01 Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier (d. 1703)
  • 1610-07-04 Paul Scarron, French writer (Virgile Travesti), born in Paris (d. 1660)
  • 1610-10-06 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (d. 1690)
  • 1610-12-18 Charles Du Fresne Du Cange, French scholar and philologist
  • 1611-08-18 Ludwika Maria Gonzaga, French princess and queen of Poland, born in Nevers, France (d. 1667)
  • 1611-09-11 Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, Marshal of France, born in Château de Sedan, Sedan, France (d. 1675)
  • 1611-10-11 Hugues de Lionne, Marquess de Berry, French ambassador to Rome, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1671)
  • 1611-11-01 François-Marie, comte de Broglie, Italian-born French commander, born in Piedmont, Italy (d. 1656)
  • 1612-02-06 Antoine Arnauld, French Roman Catholic theologian & philosopher & mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1694)
  • 1612-09-28 Michel Anguier, French sculptor, born in Eu, Normandy, France (d. 1686)
  • 1613-01-19 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, born in Beaune (d. 1652)
  • 1613-02-02 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1613-03-12 André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
  • 1613-08-15 Gilles Ménage, French scholar, born in Angers, France (d. 1692)
  • 1613-09-15 François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, French writer of maxims and memoirs, born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1680)
  • 1613-09-25 Claude Perrault, French architect and physician (east facade of the Louvre), born in Paris, France
  • 1613-11-05 Isaac de Benserade, French poet, born in Lyons-la-Forêt, France (d. 1691)
  • 1614-01-31 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, born in Monteux (d. 1675)
  • 1616-01-13 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • 1616-01-16 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • 1617-11-19 Eustache Le Sueur, French painter (paintings of religious subjects), born in Paris (d. 1655)
  • 1618-04-13 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer, born in Epiry, France (d. 1693)
  • 1619-02-24 Charles Le Brun, French classical painter who helped establish the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, born in Paris (d. 1690)
  • 1619-03-06 Cyrano de Bergerac, French playwright (Voyage to the Moon), known for his large nose
  • 1619-08-29 Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French minister of Navy, born in Reims, France (d. 1683)
  • 1619-11-07 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (Historiettes), born in La Rochelle, France (d. 1692)
  • 1619-12-28 Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1620-02-15 Francois Charpentier, French scholar and archaeologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1702)

Marguerite BourgeoysMarguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700)

1620-04-17 French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France

  • 1620-07-21 Jean Picard, French astronomer, born in La Flèche, France (d. 1682)
  • 1620-11-10 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1705)
  • 1621-07-08 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), born in Château-Thierry, Aisne, France (d. 1695)
  • 1621-11-03 Renatus Rapinus [René Rapin], French Jesuit theologian and poet (Hortorum libri IV), born in Tours, France (d. 1687)
  • 1622-01-15 Molière [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1673)
  • 1622-01-28 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)
  • 1622-05-22 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French soldier and Governor General of New France, born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1698)
  • 1622-06-06 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer, born in Saint-Didier, France (d. 1689)
  • 1622-10-16 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist, born in Marseille, France (d. 1694)

Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal (1623-1662)

1623-06-19 French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France

  • 1624-08-22 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, born in Caen, France (d. 1701)
  • 1624-08-25 François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France, born in Forez, France (d. 1709)
  • 1624-10-30 Paul Pellisson, French writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1693)
  • 1625-06-08 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian-French mathematician, astronomer and engineer who discovered four of Saturn's moons, born in Perinaldo, Republic of Genova (d. 1712)
  • 1625-07-10 Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer, born in La Rochefoucauld, France (d. 1703)
  • 1625-08-20 Thomas Corneille, French playwright (Timocrates), born in Rouen, France (d. 1709)
  • 1625-10-04 Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France (d. 1661)
  • 1625-11-30 Jean Domat, French jurist, born in Clermont, Auvergne (d. 1696)
  • 1625-12-14 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist, born in Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1626-02-05 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • 1627-09-06 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, born in Paris (d. 1706)

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704)

1627-09-27 French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France

  • 1628-01-08 François‑Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, French general, born in Paris, France (d. 1695)

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault (1628-1703)

1628-01-12 French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), born in Paris, France

  • 1628-12-25 Noel Coypel, French painter
  • 1630-11-24 Etienne Baluze, French scholar (d. 1718)
  • 1631-03-16 René Le Bossu, French critic (d. 1680)
  • 1632-06-10 Esprit Fléchier, French writer and Bishop of Nîmes, born in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France (d. 1710)
  • 1632-08-20 Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1704)
  • 1632-11-23 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1633-06-16 Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)
  • 1634-07-14 Pasquier Quesnel, French Jansenist theologian (d. 1719)
  • 1635-05-05 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1635-11-27 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France, born in Niort, Kingdom of France (d. 1719)
  • 1636-11-01 Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, French poet and critic, born in Paris (d. 1711)
  • 1637-11-30 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French ecclesiastical historian, born in Paris (d. 1698)
  • 1638-01-01 Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres, French poet/playwright
  • 1638-05-13 Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (d. 1712)
  • 1638-08-06 Nicolas Malebranche, French rationalist philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1715)

Louis XIVLouis XIV (1638-1715)

1638-09-05 King of France (1643-1715), known as "The Sun King", had longest reign in country, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Maria Theresa of SpainMaria Theresa of Spain (1638-1683)

1638-09-10 Queen of Louis XIV of France, born in El Escorial, Spain

  • 1639-01-19 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian

Jean RacineJean Racine (1639-1699)

1639-12-22 French dramatist (Phèdre, Athalie), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy

  • 1640-03-18 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)
  • 1640-06-15 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • 1640-09-29 Antoine Coyzevox, French sculptor, baptized
  • 1640-12-06 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • 1641-01-18 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), born in Paris (d. 1691)
  • 1641-06-28 Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien, queen of Poland (1676-96), born in Nevers, France (d. 1716)
  • 1641-10-05 Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France, born in Lussac-les-Châteaux, France (d. 1707)
  • 1642-02-18 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), born in Rouen, France (d. 1698)
  • 1643-03-25 Louis Moréri, French encylopedist (d. 1680)
  • 1643-11-16 Jean Chardin, French explorer (Middle East and India), born in Paris (d. 1713)
  • 1643-11-22 René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, French explorer (Louisiana), born in Rouen, France (d. 1687)
  • 1644-01-10 Louis Boufflers, French soldier & marshal of France, born in Crillon, Oise, France (d. 1711)
  • 1644-04-07 François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (d. 1730)
  • 1644-08-06 Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV (1661-67), born in Tours, France (d. 1710)
  • 1644-10-01 Jean Rousseau, French composer and viol player (d. 1699)
  • 1644-10-02 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (Quatre dialogues sur l'immortalité de l'âme), born in Paris (d. 1724)
  • 1645-08-16 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), born in Paris (d. 1696)
  • 1646-02-17 Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert, French economist, born in Rouen, France (d. 1714)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 2,496

  • 1548-06-14 Carpentras [Elzéar Genet], French composer, dies at about 78 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 1550-05-18 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, dies at 52
  • 1553-04-09 Francois Rabelais, French author (Gargantua, Pantagruel), dies at 49
  • 1555-08-08 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (b. 1494)
  • 1555-11-24 French Vervoort, Flemish mystic (Bruylocht Cleedt), dies at about 65

Jacques CartierJacques Cartier (1491-1557)

1557-09-01 French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, dies at 65

  • 1558-02-25 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, dies at 59
  • 1558-03-25 Marcos de Niza, French Franciscan explorer (Arizona, Seven Cities of Cibola), dies at 62 or 63
  • 1558-04-26 Jean Fernel, French physician (coined the term "physiology"), dies at 61
  • 1558-10-21 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian-French physician and scholar (On the Subtlety of Things), dies at 74

Henry IIHenry II (1519-1559)

1559-07-10 King of France (1547-59), dies

  • 1559-09-07 Robert Estienne, French printer (b. 1503)
  • 1559-10-02 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1560-01-01 Guillaume du Bellay, Sieur de Langey, French soldier, dies at 52
  • 1560-02-16 Jean du Bellay, French Catholic cardinal and diplomat
  • 1560-06-01 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], French Queen consort of Scotland (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland for daughter Mary Queen of Scots (1554-60), dies of dropsy at 44
  • 1560-12-05 Francis II, King of France (1559-60) and husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, dies of an ear infection at 16
  • 1561-03-25 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German philosopher and encyclopedist (b. 1518)
  • 1562-11-17 Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre (1555-62), father of Henry IV of France, dies at 44
  • 1563-02-24 Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
  • 1563-08-18 Étienne de La Boétie, French judge and writer, dies at 32
  • 1563-12-29 Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1565-06-12 Adrianus Turnebus, French classical scholar (b. 1512)
  • 1565-10-12 Jean Ribault, French explorer and colonizer (b. 1520)
  • 1565-10-22 Jean, Vicomte d'Aguisy Grolier de Servieres, French bibliophile (b. 1479)
  • 1566-04-25 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • 1566-04-25 Louise Labé, French poet

NostradamusNostradamus (1503-1566)

1566-07-02 French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), dies at 62

  • 1566-07-30 Guillaume Rondelet, French naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, dies at 58
  • 1567-05-31 Pereguin de la Grange, French minister, martyr of Reform, dies
  • 1567-11-12 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, Marshal of France, dies at 74
  • 1568-10-03 Elisabeth of Valois, daughter of King Henry II of France and 3rd wife of Philip II of Spain, dies in childbirth at 23
  • 1569-05-27 François de Coligny d'Andelot, French general (Jarnac) and Ruler of van Andelot, dies at 48
  • 1570-01-08 Philibert de l'Orme, French royal architect (Château de Chenonceau), dies at about 55
  • 1571-01-09 Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French naval officer (b. 1510)
  • 1571-10-04 Claude Togniel d'Espence, French theologist (Sorbonne), dies at 60
  • 1572-02-23 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • 1572-08-24 Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier, one of the 1st murdered during St. Bartholomew's day massacre, dies at about 37
  • 1572-08-24 Gaspard de Châtillon, Count the Coligny, French admiral and Huguenot leader, who death ignited the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, beheaded at 53
  • 1572-08-24 Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  • 1572-08-26 Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1572-08-29 Claude Goudimel, French composer, music theorist, music editor and publisher, dies between 52 and 58 [birthdate disputed]
  • 1573-03-13 Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman

Charles IXCharles IX (1550-1574)

1574-05-30 King of France (1560-74), dies of tuberculosis at 23

  • 1575-07-12 Renée of France, duchess of Ferrara and daughter of French King Louis XII, dies at 63
  • 1578-03-29 Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (b. 1527)
  • 1581-09-30 Hubert Languet, French diplomat and reformer (b. 1518)
  • 1583-11-24 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (b. 1506)
  • 1584-06-10 Francis of Valois, Duke of Anjou, French crown prince, suitor to English Queen Elizabeth I, dies at 29
  • 1585-06-04 Marc Antoine de Muret, French humanist, dies at 59
  • 1588-11-01 Jean Daurat, French poet (b. 1508)
  • 1588-12-23 Hendrik de Guise, French leader of Catholic League, murdered at 37

Catherine de' MediciCatherine de' Medici (1519-1589)

1589-01-05 Italian born Queen consort to Henry II of France and later regent to her sons, dies at 69

  • 1589-07-01 Christophe Plantin, French-Belgian book publisher (Officina Plantiniana), dies
  • 1589-08-01 Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)
  • 1589-08-02 Henry III, King of Poland and France (1573-89), assassinated at 37
  • 1590-02-12 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer and diplomat (Anti-Tribonien), dies at 65
  • 1590-10-04 Cujacius [Jacques Cujas], French lawyer, dies at about 68
  • 1590-12-20 Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510)
  • 1591-01-07 Jacobus de Kerle, French Flemish composer, dies at about 59
  • 1591-01-19 Edmond Auger, French jesuit (under Henri III), dies at about 60
  • 1592-07-26 Armand de Gontaut, baron de Biron, French soldier (b. 1524)
  • 1592-09-13 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1593-02-07 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, dies at 79
  • 1596-02-19 Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, dies at 72
  • 1596-10-03 Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • 1596-11-01 Pierre Pithou, French lawyer and scholar (Les Libertés de l’église gallicane), dies at 57
  • 1597-07-20 Franciscus Raphelengius [French of Ravelingen], Neth publisher, dies
  • 1599-04-10 Gabrielle d'Estrée, mistress of King Henry IV of France (b. 1571)
  • 1602-02-19 Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier, dies at 43
  • 1602-10-23 Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, dies at 57
  • 1602-10-30 Jean-Jacques Boissard, French poet (b. 1528)
  • 1603-11-16 Pierre Charron, French philosopher/theologian, dies
  • 1603-12-13 François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)
  • 1604-03-13 Arnaud d'Ossat, French diplomat and writer, dies at 66
  • 1604-10-25 Claude de la Tremoille, French duke of Thouars/huguenot, dies
  • 1605-09-23 Pontus de Tyard, French poet
  • 1605-10-13 Theodore Beza, French Reformed Protestant theologian, dies at 86
  • 1606-10-05 Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
  • 1607-09-05 Pomponne de Bellièvre, chancellor of France (b. 1529)
  • 1609-01-21 Joseph Justus Scaliger, French inventor of "Julian Period", dies at 68

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France (1553-1610)

1610-05-14 1st Bourbon King of Navarra (1572-1610) and France (1589-1610), assassinated at 56

  • 1610-05-27 François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
  • 1611-06-08 Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1611-10-03 Charles, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader, dies at 57
  • 1612-07-29 Jacques Bongars, French scholar and diplomat (b. 1554)
  • 1614-07-01 Isaac Casaubon, French-born classical scholar (b. 1559)
  • 1614-07-15 Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, French historian and biographer (b. c.1540)
  • 1615-05-27 Margaret de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (1672-99) daughter of Henry II, dies at 61
  • 1615-09-01 Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters, dies at 86
  • 1615-12-02 Louis des Balbes de Berton de Crillon, French general
  • 1617-04-24 Carlo Concino, French marquis of Ancre/state advisor, murdered
  • 1618-12-06 Jacques Davy Duperron, French Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 62
  • 1619-07-02 Olivier de Serres, French farming pioneer (silkworms), dies
  • 1619-12-29 Antoine Arnauld, French lawyer (Philippica), dies
  • 1620-11-13 Louise de Coligny, French 4th wife of Willem of Orange, dies at 65
  • 1621-06-08 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, dies at 53
  • 1621-07-10 Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (b. 1571)
  • 1621-08-03 Guillaume du Vair, French writer and thinker, dies at 65
  • 1621-10-08 Antoine de Montchrétien, French dramatist and economist, killed as part Huguenots rebellion