By Professor Robert J Knecht

King Henry III of France has no longer suffered good by the hands of posterity. in most cases depicted as at top a self-indulgent, ineffectual ruler, and at worst a debauched tyrant accountable for a chain of catastrophic political mistakes, his acceptance has lengthy been a bad one. but contemporary scholarship has started to query the validity of this judgment and search for a extra rounded overview of the fellow and his reign. For, as this new biography of Henry demonstrates, there's way more to this interesting monarch than the pantomime villain depicted by means of past generations of historians and novelists.

Based upon a wealthy and various diversity of fundamental assets, this e-book strains Henry’s lifestyles from his beginning in 1551, the 6th baby of Henri II and Catherine de’ Medici. It following his upbringing because the Wars of faith started to tear France aside, his election as king of Poland in 1573, and his assumption of the French crown a yr later following the loss of life of his brother Charles IX.

The first English-language biography of Henry for over a hundred and fifty years, this research completely and dispassionately reassesses his existence in gentle of modern scholarship and within the context of broader eu diplomatic, political and spiritual heritage. In so doing the publication not just offers a extra nuanced portrait of the monarch himself, but in addition is helping us larger comprehend the heritage of France in this anxious time.

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