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The assassination of Henry IV, King of France, 1610: a tumultuous scene on the streets of Paris, in which the King's coach is stuck in traffic and the assassin fatally wounds the King in his coach. Etching by J. and C. Luyken.

Luiken, Caspar, 1672-1708.
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Henry IV (1553-1610), the first of the Bourbon dynasty, concluded the French Wars of Religion. He was stabbed to death by François Ravaillac, who was scandalized by the King's traffic with heretics. Ravaillac stabbed the King as his coach was caught in a Paris traffic jam. After his assassination, Marie de Medici became Regent for their son Louis XIII


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1 print : etching, with engraving ; image 28.4 x 37.2 cm


Moord van Hendrik de Vierde. Hendrik de Vierde. Bygenaamt de Groote in syn karos vermoort in de straat van de Yser-winkels, soo als de karos door eenige belemmering van wagens, en rumoer van't volk, opgehouden wierd, door François Ravaillac, op vrydag den 4 may 1610, out zynde 56 jaar en 5 maanden, heft geregeert 21 jaar en 9 maanden. Ian en Casper Luiken


Wellcome Library no. 42799i

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The lettering in Dutch describes the details of the assassination and the person of the assassin



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