King Of France Henri Iv Autograph, Husband Marie De Medici, Father Of Louis Xiii
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King Of France Henri Iv Autograph, Husband Marie De Medici, Father Of Louis Xiii:
Extremely rare document on parchment, appointment of the Lord Christofer Castelnau dated December 8, 1595 signed by the King of France and Navarre Henry IV, father of the King of France Louis XIII
Countersigned by Antoine de Lomenie, secretary of state under the Henry IV and secretary of the Navy Louis XIII from 7 November 1613 to 10 August 1615, and Ambassador Extraordinary of France to England
Size of document: 15.7" x 11" (40 cm x 28 cm)
Christople de Castelnau, Lord of Mauvissiere, Knight of the Kings Order
Henri IV King of France and Navarre, husband ofMarie de Medici, Queen of France, son of Louis XIII
Henry IV(13 December 1553– 14 May 1610),Henri-Quatre, wasKing of Francefrom 1589 to 1610 and King of Navarrefrom 1572 to 1610. He was part of theCapetian dynastyand the first king of the Bourbonfamily in France. During his reign, he built the Grande Galerie onto the Louvre.
Henry IV was born in Pau. He was the son of Antoine de Bourbonand Jeanne of Navarre. On 18 August 1572, Henry marriedMargaret of Valois. She was the sister of Charles IX. He became the King of Navarrein the same year.
Henry's children wereLouis XIII and Henrietta Maria of France, who marriedCharles I and became theQueen of England. He was a friend of Michel de Montaigne.
Henry was murdered by a fundamentalist Catholic on a street in Paris on 14 May 1610.
Henry IV is remembered as a good king who helped to stop religious wars. He changed his own religious beliefs several times. He was hated by some Catholics and Protestantswho held strongly traditional views. He ruled for 17 years. He tried to make sure that poor people had enough to eat. Two beautiful landmarks inPariswere started during his reign: the Pont Neufand the Place des Vosges.
In 2010 scientists found part of his embalmed head and used forensictests to prove that it was his. It had been stolen from the tombsof the French kings and queens in Saint Denis in 1793 at the time of the French Revolution.
Marie de Medici (1575-1642) was Queen Consort to French King Henry IV, and yet, there were over twenty assassination attempts during his reign, all unsuccessful until the 14th of May 1610. Because Henri planned to be absent for long periods on state business, Marie d'Medici was crowned Queen on the 13th of May 1610, so that she could act in his place while he was away.
She served as Queen Regent as mother of Louis XIII until he came of age in 1617. She was most noted for her political intrigues and artistic patronage.