The King of France is the head of state of the Kingdom of France. The current ruling dynasty of Kings is the Valois Dynasty. Some kings have earned their names in history either because of their great reigns or because of their despicable actions.

Arms and Style of French Sovereigns

Valois Dynasty

The Valois Dynasty is the ruling family of the Kingdom of France, as well as the Duchies of Alençon, Anjou, Burgundy, Orléans, and the County of Angoulême. The House of Valois is a cadet branch of the House of Capet, and rose to prominence and took control of the French throne in 1328. Their title to the throne was based on a precedent in 1316 (popularly known in the English-speaking world as the Salic law), which excluded females (Joan II of Navarre) as well as male descendants through the distaff line (Edward III of England), from the succession to the French throne.

List is from 1400 to the present.

Name Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Charles VI the Mad
16 September 1380 - 8 January 1400
Charles VI de France 3 December 1368
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Isabeau Wittelsbach
six children
21 February 1418
Hôtel Barbette,
Paris, France
"Deux Lis" Regency
Queen Consort Isabeau Wittelsbach and Bishop Nicolas du Bosc
8 January 1400 - 21 February 1418
Louis XI the Ambitious
21 February 1418 - 30 September 1455
Charles-VII-retable-parlement-Paris 22 January 1397
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Maria Trastámara
four children
30 September 1455
Paris, France
Charles VII the Unfortunate
30 September 1455 - 14 April 1465
Charles VII of France PM4 24 December 1416
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Isabella of Lorraine
one child
14 April 1465
Paris, France
Charles VIII the Young
14 April 1465 - 4 May 1472
Louis XI 7 February 1445
Palais Ducal du Nancy, Nancy, Lorraine
Benedetta Visconti
no children
4 May 1472
Paris, France
Louis XII

4 May 1472 - 5 May 1514
Louis-xii-roi-de-france 24 June 1461
Château de Blois, Orléans, France
Juliette Armagnac
one child
5 May 1514
Paris, France
Charles IX

5 May 1514 - 27 February 1540
Antoine-de-bourbon 24 April 1491
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Maria Braganza
three children
27 February 1540
Paris, France
Louis XIII

27 February 1540 - 18 February 1587
Francois de Lorraine 15 December 1509
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Adèle Bourbon
no children
18 February 1587
Paris, France
Philip VII

18 February 1587 - 10 August 1621
Henry II of France. 5 March 1555
Château des Ducs, Alençon, France
Giselle Valois-Orléans
three children
10 August 1621
Paris, France
Charles X

10 August 1621 - 19 August 1646
François III de Bretagne - Dauphin de France 15 January 1559
Château des Ducs, Alençon, France
Anna Veletchkov
two children
19 August 1646
Paris, France
Charles XI the Hunter
19 August 1646 - 31 May 1678
Luis XIII, rey de Francia (Philippe de Champaigne) 3 December 1618
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Maria Louisa von Habsburg
three children
31 May 1678
Charles XII

31 May 1678 - 4 March 1689
Louis-xiv-lebrunl 20 May 1638
Château de Fontainebleau, Paris, France
unmarried 4 March 1689
Francis I

4 March 1689-
Louis XIV of France 16 February 1671
Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
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