Diane de Poitiers, mistress to King Henri II of France.   Highly recommend the book by Shari Beck. A Portrait in Black & White Poitiers was one of the few women who kept extensive memoirs of her life and Ms. Beck does a fantastic job retelling her story.

Diane de Poitiers, mistress to King Henri II of France. Highly recommend the book by Shari Beck. A Portrait in Black & White Poitiers was one of the few women who kept extensive memoirs of her life and Ms. Beck does a fantastic job retelling her story.

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Diane de Poitiers became mistress to Henri II, King of France in 1534 (when he was 16 and she was 35)

Diane de Poitiers became mistress to Henri II, King of France in 1534 (when he was 16 and she was 35)

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Diane de Poitiers 1499-1566 - Francesco Primaticcio, Mistress to Henri II of…

Diane de Poitiers 1499-1566 - Francesco Primaticcio, Mistress to Henri II of…

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DIANE DE POITIERS 1571 mistress of Henri II / by CLOUET François - French (Tours circa 1515-1572 Paris)

DIANE DE POITIERS 1571 mistress of Henri II / by CLOUET François - French (Tours circa 1515-1572 Paris)

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1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet.    Her headdress in this and the next image is unusual and not really a French hood. The object she holds could be a lens.             Catherine was a widow when she became involved with Henri II, demonstrated by the black and white dress and hood worn in this portrait.

1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet. Her headdress in this and the next image is unusual and not really a French hood. The object she holds could be a lens. Catherine was a widow when she became involved with Henri II, demonstrated by the black and white dress and hood worn in this portrait.

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Diane de Poitiers par François Clouet. Décédée en 1566 à l'âge de 66 ans, la maîtresse du roi de France Henri II s'est probablement empoisonnée avec l'or qu'elle prenait pour entretenir sa beauté. Ses cheveux contiennent de fortes concentrations d'or, un élixir de jouvence qu'elle buvait chaque matin au réveil, pour préserver sa beauté ou pour continuer à pratiquer intensément ses sports favoris (natation, chasse et équitation).

Diane de Poitiers par François Clouet. Décédée en 1566 à l'âge de 66 ans, la maîtresse du roi de France Henri II s'est probablement empoisonnée avec l'or qu'elle prenait pour entretenir sa beauté. Ses cheveux contiennent de fortes concentrations d'or, un élixir de jouvence qu'elle buvait chaque matin au réveil, pour préserver sa beauté ou pour continuer à pratiquer intensément ses sports favoris (natation, chasse et équitation).

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Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

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Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

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