Henry II of France
Henry II of France (March 31, 1519 – July 10, 1559) was a King of France and a member of the house of Valois. Henry was crowned King in Rheims, France, on July 25, 1547.
Birth[change | change source]
Henry was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on March 31, 1519. His parents were Francis I of France and Claude of France.
Marriage[change | change source]
Henry was married to Catherine of Medici on October 28, 1533 when he was only 14 years old. Their children were:
- Francis II of France
- Elizabeth of Valois
- Charles IX of France
- Henry III of France
- Margaret of Valois
Henry did not love Catherine of Medici. He spent most of his time with his mistress, who was called Diane de Poitiers.
Death[change | change source]
Henry died on July 10, 1559 after a jousting accident. He is buried in the Saint Denis Basilica. The next King was Francis II of France.