Paris vaut bien une messe

Paris vaut bien une messe

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In 1593, four years after his accession to the throne of France, Henri IV agreed to convert from his Protestant faith to Catholicism to put an end to the bloody strife between the two religions, saying “Paris vaut bien une messe” (“Paris is well worth a mass”). On May 14, 1610, King Henri IV was in his royal coach traveling from the Louvre to the Arsenal, near the Bastille while happily absorbed in a letter. On rue de la Ferronnerie, the coach was held up and a mentally deranged man named Ravaillac stabbed the King to death