05/12/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Francis II - the first husband of Mary Queen of Scots - died

47c8c4aa-9fe0-4d3b-8ec6-42d1b7df5361

Francis II of France, heir to the French throne, and the first husband of Mary Queen of Scots, died on 5 December 1560, following an ear infection. Mary and Francis had married in 1558, when Mary was aged fifteen. Francis ascended to the French throne just a year later, after the death of his father Henry II in 1559, in a jousting accident.

The reign of Francis II, although short, was beset with difficulties and particularly characterised with religious revolt, caused in part by his surpression of Protestants.

Following the death of Francis, who died without leaving an heir, the throne passed to his younger brother Charles, with the boys' mother Catherine de Medici ruling during his minority.
 

Back to "On this day in history" Category

05/12/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Mary of Guise was born - On this day in Scottish history

Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, was born on 22 November 1515. ...


Celebrate St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night with VisitScotland Winter Festivals events

Scotland's Winter Festivals will comprise twenty events across seventeen local authority areas after funding ...


Works of art from the collections of Charles II to go on display in Scotland for the first time

Charles II: Art & Power is a new exhibition that opens at Palace of Holyroodhouse on 23 November 2018, ...


On this day in history - James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, died

Scottish poet James Hogg, the 'Ettrick Shepherd', died on 21 November 1835. ...


Other Articles

On this day in history - James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, died

Scottish poet James Hogg, the 'Ettrick Shepherd', died on 21 November 1835. ...


James Bruce, 8th Lord Elgin died - On this day in Scottish history

James Bruce, the 8th Lord Elgin, died on 20 November 1863.


The history and legend of the Saltire

How did the Saltire become Scotland's national flag? When was the flag first used? Find out with this special ...


The Making of a French Queen of Scots

In our latest guest blog to mark the release of the movie Mary Queen of Scots, Moniek Bloks, editor of ...