Valois välwä´ [key], royal house of France that ruled from 1328 to 1589. At the death of Charles IV, the last of the direct Capetians , the Valois dynasty came to the throne in the person of Philip VI , son of Charles of Valois and grandson of Philip III. The direct Valois line ended (1498) with Charles VIII; the dynasty was continued by Louis XII (Valois-Orléans) and, after his death (1515), by the Valois-Angoulême line, of which Francis I was the first to rule. At the death of Henry III (1589), the house of Bourbon, descending from a younger son of Louis IX, succeeded to the throne in the person of Henry IV.
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