French Wars of Religion
Catherine de Medici
French Queen, held power during the reign of her sons Francois II, Charles IX, and Henry II.
Started the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre
Henri III (The Duc d'Anjou)
The king of France but he was childless. Henri of Navarre became the heir to the throne
The First War (1562-63)
Only one battle was fought at Dreux with a Catholic victory. The first generation Catholic leadership was eliminated as the Duc de Guise and Antoine de Bourbon were killed. The Edict of Amboise was issued in March '63 which limited the practice of protestant religion. This increased resentment and tension in towns.
The Second War (1567-68)
The Third War (1568-70)
The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572)
The Fourth War (1572-73)
The Fifth War (1576)
The Sixth War (1577)
Summary: The French wars of religion began in 1562 and ended with the Edict of Nantes in 1598. While the battles were fought over disputes between Huguenots and Catholics, the wars were also fueled by individuals who supported either the Protestants or Catholics as a method to achieve political power.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Vassy (for pictures)