Huguenot leader of France Henry of Navarre
Recognized that ruling a predominantly Catholic France would be impossible so he converted to Christianity
Paris is "way worth a mass"
Despite converting to Catholicism, Henry wanted to protect the protestants
Issued the Edict of Nantes - 1598
The government reached into every area of life
Royal officials administered justice, improved roads, built bridges, and revived agriculture
Henry laid the foundations of royal absolutism