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The field was now left open for Henry of Navarre (1589). (v) THE TRIUMPH OF HENRY OF NAVARRE After a long struggle against the League and its allies, the citizens of Paris, the Pope, and the King of Spain (Arques, 1589; Ivry, 1590), Henry solved his difficulty by becoming a Catholic (1593: "Paris vaut bien une messe "), and became Henry IV. By the Edict of Nantes (1598) he granted toleration to the Huguenots, who gained the right: (a) To worship in 200 towns and 3,000 castles (but not in Paris and other towns).

J) England and France were occupied with other affairs. g. Jews driven from Spain and Portugal took refuge in Holland. (ii) The Invasion of the East. The rise of the Dutch trading Empire is the story of the fall of that of Portugal. The Portuguese Empire in the East all but disappeared, and only Brazil and the Atlantic islands retained a semblance of their former strength. WARS OF THE HUGUENOTS 53 .. The Dutch East India Company was established in 1602. In 1606 the destruction of the SpanishPortuguese fleet at Malacca put the control of Eastern waters into Dutch hands.

In 1562, Catherine de' Medici granted conditional toleration to the Huguenots. To counteract this policy attacks on Huguenot congregations took place all over France, and the Massacre of Vassy by Francis, Duke of Guise, brought matters to a head. Four parties may be distinguished: (a) Catherine de' Medici, the Queen Mother, whose policy was to uphold the House of Valois - her sons, Francis II (1559-1560), Charles IX (15601574), and Henry III (1574-1589). (b) The Guises, leaders of the Catholic Party, who desired, if not the crown, at least the direction of affairs.

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