Profile of the Day: Charles IX of France
On August 24, 1572, King Charles IX of France, under the influence of his mother, Catherine de Medici, ordered the assassination of Huguenot leaders in Paris. In what became known as the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, thousands of French Huguenots were killed in just a few days. The event became the defining characteristic of his reign, which was dominated by the French Wars of Religion.
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