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Francis III, Duke of Brittany was the older brother of King Henry II who died at the age of eighteen after collapsing during a tennis match. He made his first appearance in Liege Lord when Henry has a vision of him. He was part of House of Valois.

He was portrayed by actor Brendan Cox.

Early Life[]

Francis III was raised to be the next king of France. Until at the age of eighteen he collapsed during a tennis match after drinking water that his younger brother, Henry II had poisoned. Henry did this so he would become the next king of France instead of him/

Season One[]

In Liege Lord, while in the throne room Henry suddenly see's a vision of his brother holding a tennis racket.

In No Exit, Henry yet again has a vision of Francis looking at him.

In Toy Soldiers, Henry again has a vision of his brother while in his room.

In Slaughter of Innocence, When Henry was on his death bed he again had a vision of his brother and asked him for forgiveness. Just before he dies he saw his brother hold out his hand for him.

Physical Appearance[]

Francis had light brown hair and brown eyes. Whenever he appeared to Henry he was wearing tan pants, a white puffy shirt and was holding a tennis racket.



  • He was credited as "Tennis Boy".
  • Historically, it is said he died of natural causes.
  • His godfather was Pope Leo X (Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici). Leo was the great-uncle of Catherine de' Medici.

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