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Henry II

King of France Henry II

Profession: King of France


Why Famous: Monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 31 March 1547 until his death in 1559. He persevered in the Italian Wars against the House of Habsburg and tried to suppress the Protestant Reformation even as the Huguenots became an increasingly large minority in France during his reign.

Born: March 31, 1519
Birthplace: Ch√Ęteau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris, France
Star Sign: Aries

Died: July 10, 1559 (aged 40)
Cause of Death: Fatal jousting wound

Married Life

  • 1533-10-28 Prince Henry of France (later Henry II) (14) marries Florentine noblewoman Catherine de' Medici (14)

Events in the Life of Henry II

  • 1547-03-31 Henry II succeeds Francois I as king of France
  • 1547-07-25 Henry II of France is crowned
  • 1559-06-30 King Henry II of France is seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery

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