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French Kings by Picture

Identify the French king by the picture and description.
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Last updated: February 18, 2024
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Ruled from 1643 to 1715, part of the House of Bourbon. His reign lasted 72 years, making it the second longest recorded. Led France in the War of Spanish Succession to secure the Spanish throne for his grandson. Known as the "Sun King," he is a prime example of absolute monarchy. Supported classical art, religious orthodoxy, and led a significant building program across France.
Ruled from 1610 to 1643, part of the House of Bourbon. He worked with and against Cardinal Richelieu. Turned France into a major European power through victories in the Thirty Years' War. The early years of his reign are the setting for The Three Musketeers.
Ruled from 1515 to 1547, part of the House of Valois. He achieved early military victories and was a patron of Leonardo da Vinci. Rivalry with Charles V led to his capture and a humiliating ransom in 1525. Faced bankruptcy and religious strife, weakening France after his release.
Founder of the House of Bourbon, ruled from 1589 to 1610. Became heir to the throne in 1584 and switched to Catholicism to become king. Erased national debt and reduced religious strife with the Edict of Nantes in 1598. Entered Paris and became king after accepting Catholicism, ending much of the religious conflict.
Ruled from 1179 to 1223, the first great Capetian king. Fought against English kings to win back French territories. Participated in the Third Crusade and used the Albigensian Crusade to expand French control. Negotiated for territories and worked to strengthen the French crown.
Ruled from 1483 to 1498, part of the House of Valois. His reign is noted for the costly Italian campaign. Desired to govern Naples, leading to a disastrous military campaign. Died without rectifying the consequences of his initial failures.
Ruled from 1226 to 1270, led the Seventh Crusade which ended in failure but managed to negotiate successfully afterwards. Negotiated peace with England and worked to stabilize the French currency and reduce corruption. Canonized king of France, died leading a crusade against Tunisia.
Ruled for only three years from 1223 to 1226, significantly contributed to the rise of French power. Annexed Languedoc and captured Poitou from England, establishing the system of appanages. Strengthened the French crown by replacing local nobles with loyal barons.
Ruled from 1364 to 1380, had to ransom his father and lost territories to England before reclaiming them. Recaptured territory with the help of military advisor Bertrand du Guesclin. Reorganized the army and restructured tax collection, aiding France's recovery from the Hundred Years' War.
Ruled from 1574 to 1589, part of the House of Valois. His reign was marked by the Wars of Religion and the War of the Three Henries. Faced opposition due to religious conflicts and succession crises. Assassinated by a friar, ending the Valois line and leading to the rise of the Bourbons with Henry IV.
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