Profile for Charles IX of France from Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois (The Last Valois, #1) (page 1)
Henry III of France
On this date in History: May 30, King Charles IX of France. With her flawless white skin, long blond hair and perfect physique, Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria was considered one of the great beauties of the era. She was also regarded as demure, pious, and warmhearted but naive and intensely innocent because of her sheltered upbringing. Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria. Charles IX and Elizabeth of Austria failed to produce a male heir and the king and queen produced one daughter on October 27, , born in the Louvre Palace.
During his brief rule, he signed the Henrician Articles into law, recognizing the Polish nobility 's right to freely elect their monarch. Henry III was himself a politique , arguing that a strong and religiously tolerant monarchy would save France from collapse. After the death of Henry's younger brother Francis, Duke of Anjou , and when it became apparent that Henry would not produce an heir, the Wars of Religion developed into a succession crisis, the War of the Three Henrys. He was his mother's favourite; she called him chers yeux "precious eyes" and lavished fondness and affection upon him for most of his life. His elder brother, Charles, grew to detest him, partially because he resented his better health. The royal children were raised under the supervision of Diane de Poitiers. Although he was both fond of fencing and skilled in it, he preferred to indulge his tastes for the arts and reading.