Francis Phoebus of Navarre

Francis Phoebus
King of Navarre
Reign 12 February 1479 – 30 January 1483
Coronation 12 January 1479
Predecessor Eleanor
Successor Catherine
Born (1469-04-18)18 April 1469
Died 30 January 1483(1483-01-30) (aged 13)
Pau, Bearn
House Foix
Father Gaston, Prince of Viana
Mother Magdalena of France

Francis Phoebus (Basque: Frantzisko Febus, French: François Fébus, Spanish: Francisco Febo; c.1469 – 7 January 1483) was king of Navarre (1479–1483), Viscount of Bearn, and Count of Foix (1472). He was the son of Gaston, Prince of Viana, and grandson of Queen Eleanor, whom he succeeded. She recommended him to ally with France.[1]

His succession was approved by the Agramont party, while the Beaumont party fell behind Ferdinand the Catholic who started to build up political and military pressure on the Kingdom of Navarre in the run-up to the fully-fledged invasion of 1512.

During his brief reign, he was under the protection of his mother, the regent Magdalena of Valois. He died aged 16 while playing the pipe, arguably poisoned. He was buried in Lescar.[1]


  1. 1 2 Orpustan, Jean-Baptiste (2007), p. 3


Francis Phoebus of Navarre
Born: 1469 Died: 1483
Preceded by
Gaston IV
Count of Foix
Succeeded by
Preceded by
King of Navarre

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