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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

The young prince

Fate granted Henri IV a remarkable destiny. A descendent of Saint Louis, he was a cousin to Henri III only in the twenty-second degree, but managed to inherit the throne of France due to an extraordinary set of circumstances – Henri III's three sons died childless. He also had an exceptional ability to overcome any doubts concerning his status, his rank and his character. He was by turns a Protestant and a Catholic, a Béarnais and a Capetian, the leader of the rebellious Huguenot forces and a prince of the blood, a country bumpkin and the "son of France", a moderate and an authoritarian. Against all odds, Henri IV managed to transform these contradictions into a positive force that would make him one of the country's most beloved rulers.