Henri IV finds France in prey with the disorder and without influence in Europe.
The royal authority is ruined and the threatened unit of the country: the Protestants aspire to form an independent State; the governors of the provinces resemble to small kings, and the cities with republics.
The king of Spain, Philippe II, combined members of a league, wants to benefit from the disorders of France to conquer it.
The Henri IV, best from our kings, goes reduced the fanatics, to reconcile the moderate ones, to alleviate the Protestants, to overcome Spain and to finally return peace to France.
Heir legitimate to Henri III, but odious with the members of a league, like Protestant, it undertakes the conquest of his kingdom on the members of a league and the Spaniards; he takes Dieppe, beats Mayenne, chief of the League, close of Arch (1589); beats again in Ivry, close to Dreux (1590), and comes to put the seat in front of Paris, the great fortified town of the League.