This Protestant Prince would wage a great campaign. And his military
tactics were no less impressive than his political. His army was
victorious, but not decisive. It may well be that his promise to every
French man and woman of "A chicken in every pot" is what really made him king.
Herbert Hoover took this phrase to new heights, but we all know that whatever
passions boils, at bottom "It's the economy, stupid." Henri de Navarre
was soon crowned Henri IV, king of France, and modern politics were born.
The Place des Vosges is one of Paris's most harmonious places, but it was born
of the nation's most turbulent struggles. This quiet, elegant enclave is
a monument to its creator -- the Good King Henri IV, the first modern leader
to declare religious freedom as the first principle a great nation. This
protestant king of a catholic nation was a pioneer in many ways.