Henry II as Captain Chevau-Légers. 16th century.

French king Henry II. Captain Chevau-Légers. Renaissance era. 16th century costumes

Portrait of Henry II as Captain Chevau-Légers.

Portrait of Henry II as Captain Chevau-Légers.

Portrait de Henri II, En Capitaine de Chevau-Legers. D’apres les antiquités de Wilhelm.

Henry II. (1519-1559) from the House of Valois-Angoulême was from 1547 to 1559 King of France. Henry was married on October 28, 1533 with Catherine de Medici (1519-1589), when they were both 14 years of age. In 1536 he moved after the death of his elder brother François to the heir to the throne (Dauphin) and Duke of Brittany.

The French king Louis XII built in 1498 as an independent Military Branche the Chevaulegers. They were more easily equipped than other cavalrymen and initially armed with a lance. Since 1593 this Chevaulegers formed under the name Chevau-Léger de la Garde du roi a company of household troops of the king, who was also their captain.

16th century. Renaissance era.

From the book: Costumes civils et militaires des Français à travers les siècles. 1883. Author: Jean Baptiste Marie Augustin Challamel. Engraver: Meunier, Jean-Baptiste. Ouvrage couronné par l’Académie francaise.

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