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Henry II of France

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Henry II (French: Henri II; 31 March 1519 – 10 July 1559) was King of France from 1547 to his death.

Henry married Catherine de' Medici in 1533 and succeeded his father, Francis I, as King of France in 1547. Under his reign, the Louvre palace was expanded and improved. In 1559, he participated in jousting tournament at what is now the Place des Vosges. During the tournament, Henry received a mortal head wound when his skull was unintentionally pierced by Gabriel de Montgomery, his master-at-arms. He died in a nearby building.

Henry's heart was placed in the Church of the Celestines. The heart was later moved to the Louvre.


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