Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
- King Henri IV, “le Grand,” is assassinated in Paris on 14 May by the Catholic zealot François Ravaillac. Ravaillac is drawn and quartered for regicide, his parents are exiled, and the rest of his family is told they may no longer bear the name “Ravaillac.” Henri’s son and heir, eight year-old Louis, is crowned the following October. The Queen Mother, Marie de’ Medici, is named regent during Louis’ minority.
- During the summer of 1610, the queen directs the French army in support of Dutch, Brandenburg and Palatine forces to besiege the fortress of Juliers (Jülich), preventing Emperor Rudolf II from seizing the duchy of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.
- The prince de Condé returns from self-imposed exile after fleeing to the Spanish Netherlands to stop Henri IV from seducing his wife.
Moriscos (Christian Moors) continue to flee from Spain into France following their expulsion by order of Felipe III; most leave France via Marseille for North Africa, but some remain.