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    Charles IX of France Document Signed "Charles", four pages in French, 8.25" x 12.5", February 11, 1567 n.p. Charles IX (1550 - 1574), a member of the Valois Dynasty, king of France from 1560 until his death. He was the third son of King Henry II of France and Catherine de Medici, and brother of Francis II and Henry III. After the death of his elder brother, Francis II, he inherited the throne. The politics of that era was greatly influenced by the power of his mother, the ambitious Catherine de Medici. In 1572, Charles IX witnessed the massacre of thousands of Huguenots. in and around Paris in what became known as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.Charles IX did not long survive the Massacre. He had always been fragile, both emotionally and physically. Emotionally, his moods now swung from coarse boasting about the extremity of the Massacre, to claims that the screams of the murdered Huguenots kept ringing in his ears. Frantically he blamed his mother, "Who but you is the cause of all of this? God's blood, you are the cause of it all!" The queen-mother responded by declaring she had a lunatic for a son. Boldly signed and in fine condition.

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