Henry III of France Document Signed "Henri", one page in French, 11" x 11", on vellum, 1580, n.p.. Henry III (1551 - 1589), a member of the Valois Dynasty, was king of France from May 30, 1574 until his death. He was also briefly King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1573-1574) and is known to Polish historians as Henryk Walezy. In 1570, discussions commenced to arrange for Henry to court Elizabeth I of England. Elizabeth, almost 37, was in need of a husband and needed to produce an heir. However, nothing came of these discussions because of Henry's Catholicism. He was outspoken in his opinion of Elizabeth, whom he tactlessly referred to as a putain, 'whore'. Prior to ascending the throne, he was a leader of the royal army in the French Wars of Religion against the Huguenots. While still duke, he aided his mother in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, in which thousands of Huguenots were killed. His reign as king saw France in constant turmoil over religion. In very good condition with close trimming at the right margin affecting the text but not the fine large signature.

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