Profile of the Day: Louis XIII of France
On September 27, 1601, Louis XIII, King of France and Navarre, was born. At the age of nine, the Bourbon monarch ascended to the throne after the death of his father, Henry IV. As a child, his mother Marie de Medici, acted as regent. Her mismanagement of the kingdom led Louis XIII to take power in 1617 and exile his mother and execute her followers. During his reign, Louis XIII leaned heavily on his Prime Minister Cardinal Richelieu and successfully made France a leading European power.
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