French line of succession

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John II

1350 - 1364

"John the Good"; came to power when France was facing the Black Death

Charles V

1364 - 1380

Charles VI

1380 - 1422

Charles VII

1422 - 1461

Louis XI

1461 - 1483

Charles VIII

1483 - 1498

first invasion of Italy

Louis XII

1498 - 1515

had participated in the Italian War of 1494–1498; second invasion of France

Francis I

1515 - 1547

third invasion of Italy; generous patron of the arts; formed a Franco-Ottoman alliance with Suleiman the Magnificent

Henry II

1547 - 1559

He persevered in the Italian Wars against the House of Habsburg and tried to suppress the Protestant Reformation; Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis (1559) put an end to the Italian Wars

Francis II

1559 - 1560

Charles IX

1560 - 1574

his regent was Catherine de' Medici

Henry III

1574 - 1589

monarch of the House of Valois who was elected the monarch of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1573 to 1575;

rule over Poland and Lithuania was brief, but notable

Henry IV

1589 - 1610

Henry of Navarre; "Paris is well worth a Mass"

Louis XIII

1610 - 1643

a monarch of the House of Bourbon

Louis XIV

1643 - 1715

the Sun King

Louis XV

1715 - 1774

Louis XVI

1774 - 1792

monarchy is abolished after his rule

French Revolution

1789