Henry IV. (15531610)

Henry IV., king of France from 1594 till 1610, surnamed “The Great” and “The Good”; during his reign the great struggle between the Huguenots and the Catholics continued with unabated fury; Henry saved his life in the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day by renouncing his early Calvinism, but was imprisoned; four years later he was again at the head of the Huguenot army and defeating the Bourbon claimant for the throne, was crowned king, but not before waiving his Protestant principles to conciliate the people; in 1598 he issued the famous Edict of Nantes, giving freedom of worship to the Huguenots; during his administration the nation was consolidated, new roads and a growing trade knit the towns together; financial reforms of great importance were carried out by his celebrated minister, Duc de Sully (q.v.); Henry was assassinated by instigation of the Jesuits (15531610).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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