Sunday, 14 May 2017

History Facts King Henry IV of France assassinated

On This Day In History, May 14th 1610, King Henry IV of France was assassinated.
 
During his lifetime King Henry IV of France had three assassination attempts made against him. Well, two attempted assassinations and one actual assassination.
 
King Henry had been raised a protestant. When he became King of France in 1589, he was pretty much forced to convert to Catholicism, due to France being a catholic country, and them placing nipple clamps on him until he agreed.
 
Everyone was happy about the King's sudden and unexpected change of religion, except for the protestants. They were not. At all.
 
It also appeared that Spain wasn't happy either. Mainly with Henry, who they didn't like as he didn't share any of his chocolate biscuits with them. Henry IV was the first King of France from the House of Bourbon.
 
Spain kept pestering Henry to give him those chocolate biscuits. Henry finally had enough. Instead of handing over the biscuits, he just went and declared war.

"My biscuits. My lovely crème biscuits. You not get none of these fabulous Bourbon Crème Biscuits."
 
King Henry IV had many people try to kill him over the years. And not just the entirety of Spain.
 
Pierre Barriere tried to assassinate him in August 1593. And then in December 1594 Jean Chatel tried. Both were unsuccessful.
 
It wasn't until the 14th of May 1610, when another assassin by the name of Francois Ravailla thought he'd have a go, that the King of France died.
 
The King was stabbed in the Rue de La Ferronnerie. Which, I believe, and I'm not great on anatomy, is the upper portion of the left butt cheek.
 
 
On This Day in 1610 King Louis XIII became King of France after his father, Henry IV of France was stabbed in the arse.
 
Like his father, Louis XIII of France was part of the House of Bourbon Cremes, where all those lovely chocolate crème biscuits come from. He became King of France at the age of eight after his father's assassination.
 
Louis XIII couldn't rule the kingdom as a kid, because think of the havoc if a kid was in charge. However, as much chaos as a kid could cause as a King, his mother, Marie De' Medici, caused more.
 
So much so, that the young King wrestled power from his mother in 1617, who was acting as Regent for her son, and exiled her. For good measure and to teach her a lesson, he executed all of her followers.
 
There were many rumours about Louis XIII during his reign regarding his sexuality.
 
However, there is no evidence he was playing toad-in-the-hole with his favourite courtier, Carles d'Albert, or in fact Henri Coiffier de Ruze, the Marquis of Cinq-Mars.
 
And no evidence he was tickling the fancy with Francois de Baradas either. Or any of the others.

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