How did the de Guise family could become that powerful?
managed to get their niece,
Mary Queen of
Scots, married to the young French King
So in order to get a break from the harassment, the Huguenots
figured they had to a) march to Amboise Castle, b) force Francis
II to abdicate, and c) lock up Francois and Charles de Guise.
Mastermind behind the plan was
Louis I de Bourbon.
Great idea, but someone snitched.
It followed the ambush for the
ambushers, featuring a degree of brutality that would become the
trade mark of the de Guise boys. People were hung from the trees
by the hundreds and the leftover bodies and body parts were dumped
into the Loire River.
Louis I de Bourbon was sentenced to
death but King Francis II died just in time for the power in France
to shift from the de Guise family to Francis' mother,
Medicis, a strong woman.