Henri IV majolica character jug by Longchamp circa 1912. Henri IV (1553-1610) was born in Pau, France, and was a first prince of the blood and direct male-line descendant of Louis IX of France. Known as Henri de Navarre, he was elevated to king of France after the death of Henri III and was crowned on February 27, 1594. During his reign he fostered religous tolerance and guaranteed religious freedom by issuing the Edict of Nantes in 1598, effectively ending the Wars of Religion. He was assasinated by Francois Ravaillac, a fanatic Catholic, and succeeded by his son, Louis XIII.