King Henri IV Photos

French King Henri IV reigned 1589-1610. Henri IV was the first French King from the House of Bourbon, and unlike his Catholic Valois predecessors, a Huguenot, i.e. Protestant. After four years of conflict about the legitimacy of a Protestant King, Henri IV converted to Catholicism. He demonstrated religious tolerance and promulgated the Edict of Nantes effectively ending the long and bloody Wars of Religion in France. During his reign the first colonies in what is now Canada were founded. He was known as Good King Henry for his good nature and his concern about the welfare of his subjects. However, he was considered a usurper by some Catholics and a traitor by some Protestants. After many attempts on his life, Henri IV was assassinated.

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King Henri IV bust from Rouen at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.Bust of King Henri IV over dining room fireplace at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.Fireplace with bust of Henri IV in guard room of Fontainbleau Palace. Fontainbleau, France.Equestrian relief of Henri IV by Mathieu Jacquet in St. Louis bedroom at Fontainbleau Palace. Fontainbleau, France.
King Henri IV bust (1595) from Rouen at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.Bust of King Henri IV over dining room fireplace at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.Fireplace with bust of Henri IV in guard room of Fontainbleau Palace. Fontainbleau, France.Equestrian relief (c1600) of Henri IV by Mathieu Jacquet in St. Louis bedroom at Fontainbleau Palace. Fontainbleau, France.
Henri IV bringing food into besieged Paris painting by Guillaume-Frédéric Ronmy at Rouen Museum of Fine Arts. Rouen, France.Henri IV & Gabrielle d'Estrées painting by Fleury Richard at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.Leather covered trunk which belonged to Henri IV in arms room at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.Canopied four poster bed with Persian embroidery used by Henri IV in King's bedchamber at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.
Henri IV bringing food into besieged Paris painting (1818) by Guillaume-Frédéric Ronmy at Rouen Museum of Fine Arts. Rouen, France.Henri IV & Gabrielle d'Estrées painting by Fleury Richard at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.Leather covered trunk which belonged to Henri IV in arms room at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.Canopied four poster bed with Persian embroidery (16thC) used by Henri IV in King's bedchamber at Cheverny Chateau. Cheverny, France.
Marguerite of France daughter of Henry II & first wife of Henry IV portrait after François Clouet at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.5. Wedding by Proxy of Marie de' Medici to King Henry IV from Marie de' Medici Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Marie de' Medici, 2nd wife of Henry IV & son Dauphin Louis portrait by Charles Martin at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.11. Death of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency from Marie de' Medici Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Marguerite of France (aka Queen Margot) daughter of Henry II & first wife of Henry IV portrait after François Clouet at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.5. Wedding by Proxy of Marie de' Medici to King Henry IV from Marie de' Medici Cycle (1622-5) by Peter Paul Rubens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France. Marie de' Medici, 2nd wife of Henry IV & son Dauphin Louis portrait (1603) by Charles Martin at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.11. Death of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency from Marie de' Medici Cycle (1622-5) by Peter Paul Rubens at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.
Marie de' Medici portrait by Frans Pourbus the Younger at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Equestrian Statue of King Henri IV by Pietro Tacca on Pont Neuf Bridge. Paris, France.

Marie de' Medici portrait (1616) by Frans Pourbus the Younger at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Equestrian Statue of King Henri IV (1618) by Pietro Tacca on Pont Neuf Bridge. Paris, France.


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