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Henri de Bourbon's marriage to Marguerite de Valois

18/08/1572

On August 18, 1572, Henry IV — then Henri de Bourbon —, baptised as Catholic but raised in the Protestant faith, married Marguerite de Valois, a Catholic princess, in an arrangement to end the conflicts between Catholics and Huguenots in France. Their marriage took place on the parvis of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The wedding drew a great amount of huguenots to Paris and, in the night of August 23, a religious massacre began: the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

On the video below, History professor Barbara Diefendorf explains the wedding and the massacre:

Blood Wedding: The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre in History and Memory by Barbara Diefendorf (ski...

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Published in 26/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

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