Through a series of unexpected events, King Henry III of Navarre became King Henry IV of France. Professor Emeritus Mack Holt, George Mason University, joins the show to share Henry’s accession to the French throne.
Some topics explored
- Henry being part of the Bourbon family
- Henry being part of the former Kingdom of Navarre
- King Charles IX and Henry III of France
- The Kingdom of Navarre north of the Pyrenees mountains being incorporated into France during Henry’s French reign
- His mother Queen Jeanne d’Albret & King Anthony of Navarre
- The similarities and differences between the terms Protestant, Calvinist, Huguenot, and other related terms
- His first wife Margaret de Valois
- The St. Bartholomew Day Massacre
- His mother-in-law Catherine de’Medici
- The religious tension in France in this period between Catholics and Protestants
- His first marriage to Marguerite de Valois
- Doctrinal differences between Protestantism and Catholicism
- His conversion to Catholicism on two different occasions
- The degree he was believed to be a devout Catholic
- The veracity around the claim that Henry
- Why he gained benevolent epithets like Henry the Great and Good King Henry
Listen to the episode
The episode is available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Dr. Holt is author of many publications including the book The French Wars of Religion, 1562–1629 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
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