The political significance of the death of the Cardinal Bourbon in 1590

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  • The political significance of the death of the Cardinal Bourbon in May 1590
    • lack of a credible alternative other than Henry Navarre
      • May 1590 COB died - sept Mayenne claimed throne - many preferred nephew Charles D of Guise/Phillip II (save the faith) - henry only reasonable claimant
      • league considered him rightful king
    • "charles X" lacked the opportunity to exercise authority, as Henry IV kept him as a prisoner in Chinon.
    • Catholic league now effectively leaderless rebels
    • other claimant Cardinal de Vendonne unwilling

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