Francis Phoebus of Navarre

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Francis Phoebus (Basque: Frantzisko Febus, French: François Fébus, Occitan: Francés Fèbus, Spanish: Francisco Febo; 4 December 1467 – 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]

Francis Phoebus
King of Navarre
Reign12 February 1479 – 30 January 1483
Coronation12 January 1479
Born(1467-12-04)4 December 1467
Died7 January 1483(1483-01-07) (aged 15)
Pau, Bearn
FatherGaston, Prince of Viana
MotherMagdalena of France

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 young while playing the pipe, arguably poisoned. He was buried in Lescar.[1]


  1. ^ a b Orpustan 2007, p. 3


  • Orpustan, Jean-Baptiste (2007). La Basse-Navarre dans la guerre de Navarre (1512-1530), récit historique, d'après Navarra, 1512-1530… de Pedro Esarte Muniain (Pamiela, Pamplona-Iruña 2001) [Lower Navarre in the War of Navarre (1512-1530), historical narrative, according to the book 'Navarra, 1512-1530: ...' by Pedro Esarte Muniain (Pamiela, Pamplona-Iruña 2001).] (PDF) (in French). Osses: Jean-Baptiste Orpustan. pp. 1–25. Retrieved 22 April 2016 – via
Francis Phoebus of Navarre
Born: 1469 Died: 1483
Regnal titles
Preceded by Count of Foix
Succeeded by
Preceded by King of Navarre