Codpiece #7: Charles IX (the disappearing codpiece)
oh no, you see what is happening here...the codpiece is getting lost to the pumpkin breeches. This was a trend that would continue until the end of 16th century.
This painting is by Francois Clouet and shows a man far more mentally stable than he was in real life. Charles IX's crazy side manifested itself in his love for the hunt where he was known to rip animals apart with his bare hands. He was also prone to tantrums that made even his mother fear for her safety. But he was a snazzy dresser.