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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Charles de Bourbon

1523-1590

Charles de Bourbon was the brother of Antoine de Bourbon and the uncle and godfather of Henri IV.

A bishop, he rose rapidly in the Catholic Church hierarchy: he was elevated to cardinal by Paul III (1548), and became archbishop of Rouen in 1550. He presided at the marriage of Henri and Marguerite de Valois. Very early, he became a member of the Holy League, and was even elected king of France by the League under the name of Charles X. He died on 9 May 1590.

Portrait of Charles de Bourbon
© Musée national du château de Pau / Jean-Yves Chermeux
Caption:
Charles, cardinal de Bourbon, (Charles X), engraving, 18th c. Musée national du château de Pau, P.71-4-65



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