Historical Figure
King Henry II
History's King Henry II
Biographical Information
Real Name: Henry II of France
Title: King Henry II of France

Henry, Duke of Orléans

Reign: 31 March 1547 –
10 July 1559
Coronation: 25 July 1547
Predecessor: Francis I
Successor: Francis II
Born: 31 March 1519
Death: 10 July 1559
Age: 40
Religion: Roman Catholic
House: House of Valois
Gender: Male Male
Originally From: Paris, France
Parents: Francis of Valois (Father)

Claude, Duchess of Brittany (Mother)

Wife: Catherine de' Medici
Family: Prince Francis III (Brother)
Children: King Francis (Son)

Queen Elisabeth (Daughter)
Princess Claude (Daughter)
Prince Louis (Son)
Prince Charles IX (Son)
Prince Henry III (Son)
Princess Margaret (Daughter)
Francis, Duke of Anjou (Son)
Joanna of Valois (Daughter)
Victoria of Valois (Daughter)

COD: Jousting Accident
Burial: Saint Denis Basilica
TV Character Information
First appearance: Pilot
Portrays: King Henry
Portrayed by: Alan van Sprang

Henry II of France was the king of France after the death of his brother and father. He married Catherine de' Medici when he was 14 and they had 10 children together, 8 on whom made it to adulthood.


Prince Henry was born in Paris, France, and when he was 14 years old married Catherine de' Medici in an arranged marriage between their two countries. However, Henry was already and continued to see an older woman named, Diane de Poitiers, who he made his official mistress after he was married.

11 years later, Catherine gave birth to their first child, the future Dauphin of France, Francis 3rd in line to the throne. Followed by a daughter named Elisabeth Valois the next year.

While King of FranceEdit

Two years later, Henry's father died, and he became the new King of France, making Prince Francis, the next-in-line. A couple years after that, Catherine and Henry had four more sons and four more daughters. However, the last two, twin girls died shortly after birth. However, two more of Henry's children later became kings of France as well, Prince Charles and Prince Henry.


On 22 June 1559 while taking place in a jousting competition in celebration of his daughter's wedding, during the Peace of Cateau Cambrésis Henry was fatally wounded with a splinter to the eye from Lord Montgomery. He eventually died two weeks later, but before he did, Henry absolved Montgomery of any blame.


  • Both King Henry VIII of England and King Henry II of France were the 2nd born sons, however, once their older brothers died at a young age they became the king of their respected countries.
  • Henry and his older brother were traded by their father as hostages to Spain's Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1525 for 3 years, and were released when he was around 10.
  • His father, King Francis I built Château de Chambord for his own personal hunting trips.
  • King Henry II and the Duke of Guise were actually childhood friends.
  • King Henry II and Catherine de' Medici were married when they were both 14.
  • His sister, Madeleine of Valois, was the first wife of Mary, Queen of Scots' father, King James V.
  • Became King when he was 28 and ruled for 12 years.
  • Henry and Catherine had 10 children together, 7 of whom made it to adulthood.
  • Henry had 3 illegitimate children from different mistresses, but none by Diane de Poitiers.
  • King James V of Scotland, King Francis I of France, himslef, and King Henry II of Navarre (Queen Jeanne's father) all went boar-hunting together in 1536, before King James' wedding to Princes Madeleine.
  • His mistress, Filippa Duci had his 1st child in 1538. 44 years later she became a lady-in-waiting to his wife.
  • Mistress, Lady Janet Stewart was Mary, Queen of Scots' half-aunt, being her father's half-sister, and had an illegitimate son King Henry II. She also had a daughter, Mary Fleming, by her husband who became one of 'The Four Marys' as a lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • Has an illegitimate son with one of Mary, Queen of Scots' Ladies, Mary Fleming's mother in 1551.
  • The show killed King Henry off a year early. He died in 1559, not 1558.
  • Accidentally killed by Lord Montgomery is a jousting competition.
  • His illegitimate daughter Diane de France brought Catherine's remains brought back to Paris for her.

TV ComparisonEdit

  • The show killed Henry off a year early. He died in 1559, not 10 July 1558.

Family TreeEdit

King Francis I
Claude of France
Duke Francis
King Henry II
Catherine de' Medici
Madeleine of Valois
King Francis II
Queen Elisabeth
King Philip II
Princess Claude
King Charles IV
King Henry III
Queen Margaret
Catherine Michelle
Duke Henry II
Christina of Lorraine
Marie Elisabeth

Related PagesEdit

Pages relating to King Henry are the following:

King Henry 
History's King Henry
King Henry and SebastianKing Henry and Francis
Henry and KennaHenry and CatherineHenry and DianeHenry and Penelope
King Henry's Kill CountKing Henry's Room
Alan van Sprang

Historical Figure

Pages: Historical Events | Historical References | Historical Timeline |
Kings: King Antoine of Navarre | King Edward of England | King Henry II of France | King Henry VIII of England |
King James V of Scotland | King Francis I of France | King Francis II of France | King Charles IX of France |
King Philip II of Spain |
Queens: Queen Catherine of France | Queen Mary of Scotland | Queen Anne of England | Queen Elizabeth of England | Queen Jane of England | Queen Mary of England | Queen Jeanne of Navarre | Queen Elisabeth of Spain |
Princes: Prince of the Blood, Louis Condé | Price Don Carlos of Spain | Price Henry of France | Prince Henry de Bourbon | Duke Francis of France |
Princesses: Princess Claude of France | Catherine of Aragon | Princess Catherine de Bourbon |
Lords: Robert Dudley | William Cecil | Henry Darnley | Matthew Lennox |
Ladies: Amy Dudley | Mary Boleyn | Mary Fleming | Margaret Lennox |
Nobles: Diane de Poitiers | James Stuart | Marie de Guise |
Others: Nostradamus | John Knox | Pope Clement VII |

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