Henry II of France

Henry II of France

Original Name Henri de Valois II
Birth
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Departement des Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Death 10 Jul 1559 (aged 40)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Saint-Denis, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Plot cadaver tomb in the basilica next to his wife
Memorial ID 12289 · View Source
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Monarch of France. Also known as Henry of Valois of the Capetingi dynasty, he was the second son of King Francis I. He ascended the throne of France after the sudden death of his older brother Francesco (1547). His foreign policy was essentially marked by a series of wars that led to the conquest of Piedmont and Savoy at the expense of Spain (1552), and the territory of Calais at the expense of England. From her marriage to Caterina de Medici, were born ten children, three of whom subsequently became sovereign. Henry II was a fervent Catholic on the edge of fanaticism, and was the initiator of the religious war against the Huguenots. He died (1559) following a fortuitous accident during a knightly joust.

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  • Added: 5 Sep 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 12289
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry II of France (31 Mar 1519–10 Jul 1559), Find a Grave Memorial no. 12289, citing Saint Denis Basilique, Saint-Denis, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .