Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory
Henry IV of France’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Henry IV of France was born on December 13, 1553 in Pau, a city on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, in the southwest of France.
Pau is the only city in Europe that can boast of having witnessed two Kings at the origin of a dynasty, which is still the case in the 21st century: Henry IV of France and Charles XIV John of Sweden, born in 1763.
His parents were Queen Joan III of Navarre (Jeanne d’Albret) and her consort, Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme, King of Navarre. Henry was raised as a Protestant.
As a teenager, Henry joined the Huguenot forces in the French Wars of Religion.
On June 9, 1572, upon his mother’s death, Henry became King of Navarre.