Today in History - March 31st. 1519 - Henry II of France

Henry was born on March 31st. 1519 near Paris in France.

Henry II of France - Source picture: Wikipedia

His parents were Francis I of France and Claude, Duchess of Brittany.

In 1533 he married Catherine de' Medici. They were both 14 years old.

Henry of France & Catherine de' Medici
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The marriage wasn't a great success because Henry became romanticly 
involved with his mistress Diane de Poitiers.

Diane de Poitiers
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Despite the bad marriage, Henry of France and Catherine de'Medici had 
10 children together.

On June 1559 there was a tournament. Henry of France became mortally 
wounded by the lace of Gabriel, compte de Montgomery.

Tournament between Henry of France
and Montomery
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Henry II of France died on July 10th. 1559. 
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