Navarre Street, E2

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Named after Henry of Navarre (December 13, 1553 – May 14, 1610), later King Henry IV of France from AD1589. He inherited the throne of Navarre in AD1572 on his mother’s death. As a Huguenot, he was involved in the French Wars of Religion, escaping assassination in the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre. He later led Protestant forces against the royal army. Not long after ascending to the French throne he renounced his Protestant faith and became a Catholic. He was the brother of Louis I de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, a leader of French protestants. This is one of a small cluster of streets with connections to the Huguenot refugees who fled France to escape persecution from the Roman Catholics. Many settled in the East End of London.

 

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