Catherine de' Medici, daughter of Lorenzo II de' Medici and of Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, was a Franco/Italian noblewoman who was Queen consort of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II of France. Born: April 13, 1519, Florence Died: January 5, 1589, Château de Blois Spouse: Henry II of France (m. 1533) Children: Charles IX of France, Henry III of France, Parents: Lorenzo II, Duke of Urbino, Madeleine de la Tour d'Auvergne. Wikipedia
Henry III of France , 4th son of Henry II and Catherine de Medici B: 19 Sept 1551 D: 2 Aug 1589 King of Poland for a short time, Inherited the throne as King of France at the age of 22. Married to Louise of Lorraine. www.spikala.com
Before death and desecration: Henry IV of France -- Good King Henry rose to the throne in 1589 when his cousin, Henry III of France, was assassinated by a fanatical Catholic monk. Used to be friendly with Elizabeth I -- until he converted to Catholicism. He is almost always shown in armour.
1 August 1589, Henry III lodged with his army when a Dominican friar, Jacques Clément, was allowed to deliver documents to the King. The monk gave the King the papers and Clément whispered in his ear while plunging a knife into his abdomen. At first the King's wound did not appear fatal, but he enjoined all the officers around him, in the event that he did not survive, to be loyal to Henry of Navarre the new king. The following morning Henry III died.