King Charles IX of France Manuscript Letter Signed "Charles" in French as King of France, one page , 8.5" x 12.5". Bayonne, June 22, 1565. Partially translated. The 15-year-old King writes to several counselors, in part: "Having been advised of something troubling or seeming to trouble our beloved and faithful counselor, the Treasurer of France and general of our finances in the Piedmont, Monseigneur Jean Chastellier, in the enjoyment of his honors... which he has as for a long time made in behalf of our predecessors and of us... and also wishing to put under consideration the rank and degree which, due to his title, his wife ought to have... we have thought of you in writing the present letter and by it command, order and expressly to enjoin you... to confirm... the said Chastellier... and his said wife in all the honors... appertaining to his said title and office." During his minority, the kingdom was ruled by his mother, Catherine de Medicis. King Charles IX was completely under her domination from 1563 until his death at the age of 24 in 1574. Folds touch signature, 0.25" separation at upper edge. Lightly foxed. Creased. Erased pencil notes (unknown hand) not touching text. Worn, fragile edges. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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