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The destiny of King Henry IV
The destiny of King Henry IV

The extraordinary destiny of King Henry IV was ideally suited to the creation of a legend, but his myth as portrayed in literature and in the arts, did not develop until the 18th century: Voltaire wrote an epic poem on Henry IV, the Henriade, in 1728. As a genuine role model to the Bourbon dynasty, the monarch was so popular at the time that an iconography developed around him which was close to that of an Epinal print: a loving family father, "the Green Gallant", a sovereign concerned with the well-being of his people (the "chicken in the pot" episode). The Château of Pau and its collections continue to cultivate the legend of the "good king Henry".
Parant Louis Bertin (1768-1851)
Pau, musée national du château de Pau
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