A portrait of Henry of Navarre (later the much-loved King Henry IV of France) whose life defining act was declaring religious freedom for all in 1598 after years of Catholic/Protestant strife. Summoned to Paris to marry Marguerite, daughter of the queen Catherine de Medici and sister to three French kings, Henry discovers the real reason for the marriage is not to unite the two warring sects, but to lure unsuspecting Protestants into the city where they are massacred. After a lifetime as a soldier, Henry finds himself ill-equipped for the fripperies of courtly life. He finds himself confronted with endless intrigues and betrayals before he eventually succeeds to the French throne. Based on the novel Henri Quatre by Heinrich Mann.
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