Henry IV is one of the most beloved kings of France. He was a true politique. He was also know as Henri of Navare, and was a Bourbon. The Bourbons were the Protestant family living in the south of France.
Henry IV of France marked the beginning of a line of strong French kings. He was a Calvinist who converted to Catholicism to please the majority of the French population as he said "Paris is worth a mass." His marriage to Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Catherine de Medici, sparked St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre which started the French Wars of Religion. He signed the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which ended the religious conflict and granted the Huguenots religious toleration. Henry IV was seen as a true politique putting politics before religious issues.