DescriptionHenry II of France Document Signed "Henry" as king, one page in French on vellum, 16" x 10.75", April 1541, n.p.. Henry II (1519 - 1559), a member of the Valois Dynasty, was King of France from March 31, 1547, until his death. Henry was the son of Francis I. With his brother, he spent three years in Spain as a hostage to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, as surety for his father, who had been captured at the Battle of Pavia. Henry married Catherine de Medici in 1533, when both were fourteen years old.The following year he became involved with the thirty-five-year-old, recently widowed, Diane de Poitiers, who became his most trusted confidante and for the next twenty-five years wielded considerable influence behind the scenes, even signing royal documents. Extremely confident, mature and intelligent, she left Catherine powerless to intervene. When his older brother Francis died in 1536 after a game of tennis, Henry became heir to the throne; he succeeded his father in 1547. Henry's reign was marked by wars with Austria, and the persecution of the Protestant Huguenots. In good condition.
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