1544 - 1560 (16 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Francois II de France |
||19 Jan 1544
||5 Dec 1560
||9 Oct 2002 |
||Roy Henry de France, II, b. 31 Mar 1519, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France , d. 10 Jul 1559, Paris, Île-de-France, Fr (Age 40 years) |
||Catherine di Medici, b. 13 Apr 1519, Firenze, Toscana, Italia , d. 15 Jan 1589, Blois, Loir-et-Cher (Age 69 years) |
||28 Oct 1533
||Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
||9 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- King of France (1559-1560).
Francois II, the eldest son of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, succeeded his father in 1559 at the age of fifteen; his mother acted as Regent. In the previous year, Francis II had married Mary, Queen of Scots. He left power in the hands of his wife's uncles, the de Guises, and they supported a repressive policy against the Protestants who were quick to react. In March 1560, in an attempt to remove Francis II from the de Guisest influence, the Protestants tried to kidnap the Duke and the Cardinal of Guise and to place the King in the hands of the bloody princes. This was known as the Amboise Conspiracy.
Informed about this plot, the Duke of Guise transfered the Blois court to Amboise, a palace which was easier to defend...
Shortly after the conspirers were arrested. Their leader, 'La Renaudie' was killed in the Chateaurenaud forest. His followers died on the gallows or were hanged under the eyes of the Court from the battlements and balconies of the Amboise castle. The gallery of the king's residence was to bear the name "Balcony of the hanged men".
The young king then died suddenly, without children, and the crown passed to his brother, Charles IX.