French History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 2,319

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

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

King Francis I of France
Francis I of France
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V

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

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 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

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

King of France Henry II
King of France
Henry II
  • 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 French
  • 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

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

Queen of Scotland Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen of Scotland
Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 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

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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

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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

Gregory Conquers Julius CaesarGregory Conquers Julius Caesar

1582-12-10 France begins use of Gregorian calendar

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Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
Pope Gregory XIII with the calendar that was to make his name
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  • 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

Victory in BattleBattle of Ivry

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

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King Henry IV of France at the Battle of Ivry
King Henry IV of France at the Battle of Ivry
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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

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain

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

King of France Louis XIII
King of France
Louis XIII
  • 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
  • 1621-04-15 Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest
  • 1621-06-25 French government army occupies Fort St Jean d'Angély at La Rochelle
  • 1622-09-05 Richelieu appointed Cardinal under French King Louis XIII
  • 1622-10-18 French King Louis XIII & Huguenots sign Treaty of Montpellier
  • 1624-06-10 Netherlands & France sign anti-Spanish Treaty of Compiègne
  • 1624-08-13 Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII
  • 1626-02-06 Huguenot rebels & French sign Peace of La Rochelle

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,973

  • 1605-09-28 Ismaël Bullialdus, French astronomer (Astronomia Philolaica) and mathematician, born in Loudun, Vienne, France (d. 1694)
  • 1605-10-16 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, born in Paris (d. 1677)
  • 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)

Person of interestJeanne Mance

1606-11-12 Jeanne Mance, French-Canadian settler who founded the first hospital in North America (Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal), born in Langres, France (d. 1673)

Nurse and Settler of New France Jeanne Mance
Nurse and Settler of New France
Jeanne Mance
  • 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/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)

Person of interestMarguerite Bourgeoys

1620-04-17 Marguerite Bourgeoys, French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France (d. 1700)

First Canadian Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys
First Canadian Saint
Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • 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)

Person of interestBlaise Pascal

1623-06-19 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • 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)

Person of interestJacques-Bénigne Bossuet

1627-09-27 Jacques-Benigne bossuet, French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France (d. 1704)

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

Person of interestCharles Perrault

1628-01-12 Charles Perrault, French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), born in Paris, France (d. 1703)

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • 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)

Person of interestLouis XIV

1638-09-05 Louis XIV [Sun King], King of France (1643-1715), born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1715)

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV

Person of interestMaria Theresa of Spain

1638-09-10 Maria Theresa of Spain, Queen of Louis XIV of France, born in El Escorial, Spain (d. 1683)

Queen of Louis XIV Maria Theresa of Spain
Queen of Louis XIV
Maria Theresa of Spain
  • 1639-01-19 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian

Person of interestJean Racine

1639-12-22 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre, Athalie), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy (d. 1699)

Dramatist and Playwright Jean Racine
Dramatist and Playwright
Jean Racine
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 2,513

  • 1547-03-30 Francis I of Valois, King of France (1515-47), dies at 52

Person of interestFrancis I of France

1547-03-31 King Francis I of France (1515-47), dies complaining about the weight of the crown at 52

  • 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

Person of interestJacques Cartier

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

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 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

Person of interestHenry II

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

King of France Henry II
King of France
Henry II
  • 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
  • 1560-06-10 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], pro-French Queen of Scots (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland (1554-60), dies of dropsy at 44
  • 1560-06-11 Marie Guise, Queen consort of Scotland upon her marriage to King James V of Scotland in 1538, dies 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 and father of Henry IV of France (b. 1518)
  • 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

Person of interestNostradamus

1566-07-02 Nostradamus [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), dies at 62

Astrologer/Prophet Nostradamus
  • 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 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)
  • 1572-08-24 Charles de Téligny, French Huguenot soldier, one of the 1st murdered during St. Bartholomew's day massacre, dies at about 37
  • 1572-08-26 Petrus Ramus, French philosopher (b. 1515)
  • 1572-08-27 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1573-03-13 Michel de l'Hôpital, French statesman
  • 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
  • 1589-01-05 Catherine de' Medici, 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, 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

MurderHenry IV of France

1610-05-14 Henry IV, 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