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Francois Ravaillac
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Assassin
    (1578-May 27, 1610)
    Born in Touvre, France
    French factotum (servant) and tutor for the courts of Angoulême
    Assassinted King Henry IV of France (May 14, 1610)
    Executed after torture at age 32
    His application for admission to the Society of Jesus was rejected (1606).
    He was a religious fanatic who envisioned Huguenots (Protestants) converting to Catholicism with the King's help.
    He tried three times to meet with the King so share his vision and failed.
    He believed the King's decision to invade The Netherlands was a plot against the Pope and decided to assassinate him.
    He blocked the King's carriage as it traveled through the Rue de la Ferronnerie in Paris and stabbed him to death with his dagger.
    He was captured and confessed, 'I know very well he is dead; I saw the blood on my knife and the place where I hit him. But I have no regrets at all about dying, because I've done what I came to do.'
    Though a conspiracy strongly indicated Jean Louis de Nogaret de La Valette played a part in the murder, he never stood trial and Ravaillac (under torture) insisted he acted alone.
    His torture included hot pincers tearing away flesh from his body and scaldings from burning sulfur, molten lead and boiling oil.
    He was executed by being drawn and quartered - arms and legs pulled from body by tying them to horses moving in different direction.
    After his death his parents were exiled and other family members ordered to never use the name 'Ravaillac' again.

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