One of Henry’s ablest soldiers and close friend was the Duke of Sully – Maximillian Bethune.
He was eleven years old when he became a close friend and faithful soldier to Henry III of Navarre.
He helped to prepare Henry for ruling France by encouraging him to become a Catholic.
Thanks to his able administrative and financial astuteness, he and Henry planned and implemented economic and social policies which brought France out of debt. France experienced a period of prosperity never before experienced.