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1550, Jun 271560-15741574, May 30
a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1560 until his death from tuberculosis. He ascended the throne of France upon the death of his brother Francis II. After decades of tension, war broke out between Protestants and Catholics after the massacre of Vassy in 1562. In 1572, after several unsuccessful peace attempts, Charles ordered the marriage of his sister Margaret of Valois to Henry of Navarre, a major Protestant nobleman and the future King Henry IV of France, in a last desperate bid to reconcile his people. Facing popular hostility against this policy of appeasement, Charles allowed the massacre of all Huguenot leaders who gathered in Paris for the royal wedding at the instigation of his mother Catherine de' Medici.
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08/17/1563-King Charles IX of France (13) declared an adult 
09/28/1567-Surprise of Meaux - Huguenots try to kidnap king Charles IX
08/24/1572-Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre: King Charles IX orders killing of tens of thousands of French Protestants
05/30/1574- Henry III follows brother Charles IX as king of France
06/18/1574-Polish/French King Henry III secretly leaves Poland after hearing of the death of his brother, Charles IX
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