Every country in the world has its own history and legacy that is rich and loaded with abounding tales and stories. And every story, in turn, has its own long list of personalities who helped turn a normal event turn into a historical episode for a country. France is one such country that has a rich legacy to boast of. Right from the monarchs who ruled the French throne to the influential philosophers, scientists and literary figures who left an indelible mark on the French history with their magnum opus, the country has been home to some of the world leaders and trailblazers who became front runners in their respective fields. Louis Pasteur, Blaise Pascal, Rene Descartes, Joan of Arc, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, Marie Curie, Coco Chanel all call France their home. And the list does not end here for France has many more historical personalities, each of whom set the tone for the country’s progress and advancement. What’s more, their contribution did not just influence the country but the world at large. Browse through this section and discover details about the life and works of who’s who of French history.
Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French
Marie AntoinetteMarie Antoinette
02 November 1755
Queen of France

William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England

Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco

Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France
Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire

Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre

Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France
Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France
12 September 1494
King of France

Mary of GuiseMary of Guise
22 November 1515
Regent of Scotland

Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
27 June 1550
King of France

Charles IXCharles IX
27 June 1550
King of France

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551
King of France
Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France

Napoleon IINapoleon II
20 March 1811
Emperor of France

Louis XII of FranceLouis XII of France
27 June 1462
King

Philip IV of FrancePhilip IV of France
31 March 1268
King
Isabella of FranceIsabella of France
1295 AD
Queen of England

Philippe I, Duke of OrléansPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
21 September 1640
Son of Louis XIII of France
Maria Theresa of SpainMaria Theresa of Spain
10 September 1638
Queen of France

Charles VI of FranceCharles VI of France
03 December 1368
King of France

Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
19 December 1683
King of Spain
VercingetorixVercingetorix
0082 BC
King of Arveni Tribe

Clovis IClovis I
0466 AD
King of the Salian Franks
Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France
25 April 1214
King of France

Joséphine de BeauharnaisJoséphine de Beauharnais
23 June 1763
First Empress of the French

Charles VII of FranceCharles VII of France
22 February 1403
King of France
Anne of AustriaAnne of Austria
22 September 1601
Queen of France

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Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor
Louis XIII of FranceLouis XIII of France
27 September 1601
King of France

Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France

Philip II of FrancePhilip II of France
21 August 1165
King of France

Pedro II of BrazilPedro II of Brazil
02 December 1825
Former Emperor of Brazil
Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de MaintenonFrançoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon
27 November 1635
Louis XIV of France's Wife
Charles VIII of FranceCharles VIII of France
30 June 1470
King of France

Marie de' Medici Marie de' Medici
26 April 1576
Queen consort of France and Navarre

Guy of LusignanGuy of Lusignan
1150 AD
King

Louis XI of FranceLouis XI of France
03 July 1423
King of France
Margaret of France Margaret of Valois
14 May 1553
Queen consort of France

Henrietta Maria of FranceHenrietta Maria of France
25 November 1609
Queen of England

Mary of BurgundyMary of Burgundy
13 February 1457
Duchess

Charles X of FranceCharles X of France
09 October 1757
King of France and Navarre

Joseph BonaparteJoseph Bonaparte
07 January 1768
King of Naples and Sicily

Philippe II, Duke of OrléansPhilippe II, Duke of Orléans
02 August 1674
Regent
Louis X of FranceLouis X of France
04 October 1289
King

Charles V of FranceCharles V of France
21 January 1338
King of France

Joan I of NavarreJoan I of Navarre
14 January 1273
Queen of Navarre
Louis XVIII of FranceLouis XVIII of France
17 November 1755
King of France

Philip VI of FrancePhilip VI of France
1293 AD
King of the Valois Dynasty
Louis VIII of FranceLouis VIII of France
05 September 1187
King of France

Mansa MusaMansa Musa
1280 AD
Emperor

Louis BonaparteLouis Bonaparte
02 September 1778
King of Holland from 1806 to 1810

Madame de MontespanMadame de Montespan
05 October 1640
Maîtresse en titre of Louis XIV

RolloRollo
0846 AD
King
Rollo of NormandyRollo of Normandy
0845 AD
Duke of Normandy

Louis-Philippe I of FranceLouis-Philippe I of France
06 October 1773
King of France

Margaret of AnjouMargaret of Anjou
23 March 1430
Queen of England

Louis XVIILouis XVII
27 March 1785
King
Pippin the YoungerPippin the Younger
0714 AD
King of the Franks

Charles the Bald, Holy Roman EmperorCharles the Bald, Holy Roman Emperor
13 June 0823
Holy Roman Emperor
Hugh Capet of FranceHugh Capet of France
0940 AD
 

Louis Antoine, Duke of AngoulêmeLouis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
06 August 1775
King

Louis-Antoine, Duke of AngoulemeLouis-Antoine, Duke of Angouleme
06 August 1775
King
Raynald of ChâtillonRaynald of Châtillon
1120 AD
Prince

Charles the SimpleCharles the Simple
17 September 0879
King
Marie Louise, Duchess of ParmaMarie Louise, Duchess of Parma
12 December 1791
Duchess of Parma

Philip VIPhilip VI
1293 AD
King

Philippa Of HainautPhilippa Of Hainaut
24 June 1313
Queen
Marie LeszczyńskaMarie Leszczyńska
23 June 1703
Queen

Charles IV of FranceCharles IV of France
18 June 1294
King
Francis, Duke of AnjouFrancis, Duke of Anjou
18 March 1555
Duke

Oscar I of SwedenOscar I of Sweden
04 July 1799
King

Odo, Count of ParisOdo, Count of Paris
0860 AD
King

Philip III of FrancePhilip III of France
30 April 1245
King
Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
1081 AD
King
CarusCarus
0222 AD
Emperor

Robert II of FranceRobert II of France
27 March 0972
KIng

Philip V of FrancePhilip V of France
1293 AD
King

Claude of FranceClaude of France
13 October 1499
Queen
Philip I of FrancePhilip I of France
23 May 1052
King

Anne of BrittanyAnne of Brittany
25 January 1477
queen

Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784
King

Philip III, Duke of BurgundyPhilip III, Duke of Burgundy
31 July 1396
King

Robert I of FranceRobert I of France
15 August 0866
King
John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316
King

Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008
politician
Ludwig I of BavariaLudwig I of Bavaria
25 August 1786
King

Childeric IChilderic I
0437 AD
King
William the AethelingWilliam the Aetheling
05 August 1103
King
Louis the StammererLouis the Stammerer
01 November 0846
King