Charles IX (27 June 1550 – 30 May 1574) was King of France, ruling from 1560 until his death. His reign was dominated by the Wars of Religion. He is best known as king at the time of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

24 August Charles IX of France (under the influence of his mother, Catherine de' Medici) ordered the assassination of Huguenot leaders in Paris (a. the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre). Thousands were killed, in Paris and beyond.

Charles IX of France - Charles IX as an adult, by François Clouet.

Charles IX of France - Charles IX as an adult, by François Clouet.

Charles IX (1550 - 1574). Son of Henri II and Catherine de Medici. He married Elisabeth of Austria and had a daughter.

Fine art : Portrait of Charles IX of Valois, King of France, by Francois Clouet, detail, painting

catherine de medici | Voracious Mind: The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici, daughter of Lorenzo II de Medici and Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, was a Franco-Italian noblewoman who was Queen consort of France from 1547 until as the wife of Henri II of France.

Coin of Charles IX King of France 1573

Coin of Charles IX King of France 1573

1570 - Elisabeth of Austria & King Charles IX of France (image source: Bibliotheque Nationale de France) Charles IX of France, curious about his future wife, dressed himself as a soldier and went to Sedan to observe her incognito while she was walking in the palace of Sedan's garden with Henry: he was reportedly happy about what he saw.

Elisabeth of Austria Queen of France to 1574 ) as the wife of King Charles IX.She was the daughter of Maximilian II, HRE and Maria of Spain.Catherine de Medici’s Book of Hours, circa Musée de Louvre.

Charles IX of France, son of Henry II and Marie de Medici,after François Clouet, c. 1565. The Venetian ambassador Giovanni Michiel described Charles as "an admirable child, with fine eyes, gracious movements, though he is not robust. He favours physical exercise that is too violent for his health, for he suffers from shortness of breath"

Charles IX of France, after François Clouet, c. The Venetian ambassador Giovanni Michiel described Charles as "an admirable child, wit.

Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria (1554-1592). She was a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and his wife, Infanta María of Spain. She was Queen of France (1570-1574) as the wife of King Charles IX. She had no surviving children.

1570 Elisabeth of Austria by Georges van Straeten (Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid)

Charles IX of France, after François Clouet, c. 1565. The Venetian ambassador Giovanni Michiel described Charles as "an admirable child, with fine eyes, gracious movements, though he is not robust. He favours physical exercise that is too violent for his health, for he suffers from shortness of breath".[61]

Charles IX at about 16 years old, ca. 1567 (Francois Clouet) King of France

Charles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême - Illegitimate son of Charles IX of France and his mistress

Charles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême - Illegitimate son of Charles IX of France and his mistress

King Charles IX of France.François Clouet.peinture à l'huile;bois. Размеры: 31.5H; 17L.История:réduction du portrait du Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienne.Местонахождение:Paris;musée du Louvre département des Peintures.

Northern Renaissance: Open breeches stuffed with bombast, codpiece, peascod belly doublet, hose and neck ruff

On August 24th, 1572, King Charles IX of France, persuaded by his mother, Catherine de Medici, ordered the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off a killing spree that resulted in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France. Days earlier, Catherine had ordered the murder of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot leader whom she felt was leading her son into war with Spain.

On August 24th, 1572, King Charles IX of France, persuaded by his mother, Catherine de Medici, ordered the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off a killing spree that resulted in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France. Days earlier, Catherine had ordered the murder of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a Huguenot leader whom she felt was leading her son into war with Spain.

Marie Touchet, mistress of Charles IX of France.  Her name is an anagram of Je Charme Tout (the letters I and J were then considered interchangeable) meaning "I charm all." Henry, King of Navarre was responsible for this clever wordplay.

Marie Touchet, mistress of Charles IX of France. Her name is an anagram of Je Charme Tout (the letters I and J were then considered interchangeable) meaning "I charm all." Henry, King of Navarre was responsible for this clever wordplay.

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