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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

"A miserable wretch named Ravaillac"

Once his deed was done, François Ravaillac became one of those figures in the history of France that are universally despised. Accounts by his contemporaries – whether panegyrists for Henri IV or simple individuals – describe the assassin as "cursed", "atrocious", a "vile and detestable villain" and as a "most cruel, inhuman and detestable parricide." But who really was Ravaillac, the man who was "dressed in the Flemish style" on that day in May 1610, and what were his motivations?
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