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Daemon
Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Henry IV of France Converts to Catholicism (1593)

Henry IV was the first of the Bourbon kings of France, reigning from 1589 until his death. A Protestant, Henry was involved in the Wars of Religion before his accession to the throne. He then converted to Catholicism, allegedly explaining his pragmatic philosophy with the statement, "Paris is well worth a mass." Five years later, he signed the Edict of Nantes, granting religious and civil liberties to Protestants, and ruled as one of the most popular French kings. Who assassinated him in 1610? More...
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Death and Mystery

Despite his accomplishments, Henry IV endured multiple assassination attempts. Considered a usurper by Catholics and a traitor by Protestants, his charm and genuine care for the people's needs could not mollify his enemies. He was stabbed to death by a Catholic fanatic on May 14, 1610, and subsequently buried in the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris.

In a macabre postscript, the head of Henry IV's embalmed body was reportedly lost after revolutionaries ransacked the Basilica in 1793. The head was passed among private collectors until it was tracked down in 2010, when a team of forensic medical examiners confirmed that it belonged to the former French king. However, that conclusion was cast into doubt a few years later, when DNA tests revealed the head had no royal genetic match.

http://www.biography.com/people/henry-iv-9335199#king-henry-iv
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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 7:18:26 AM

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A popular king? Uh...okay.

Three attempts on his life--one successful. Revolution invoked. Revolutionaries desecrated his grave, and misplaced the head of his embalmed body?

I don't want to win that popularity contest!
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He was assassinated by François Ravaillac, a fanatical Catholic
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I wonder why some people wanted to keep a dead man's head.
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Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:35:52 AM

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Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Wherever it is.
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