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Diane de Poitiers - Famous Royal Mistress

Diane de Poitiers, the famous royal mistress of King Henri II of France. She was known for her beauty and marvellous complexion, which she retained until well into old age. She drank a gold elixir every day to preserve her youthful beauty, but tragically this might have been what eventually killed her. Photo originally Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

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Diane de Poitiers. Mistress of Henri II of France.

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Château de Chenonceau, Diane de Poitiers, Henry II's Mistress, Loire Valley France

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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.

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Chambre de Diane de Poitiers du Château de Chenonceau

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Chambre de Diane de Poitiers, Lit à baldaquin du 17è siècle, Château de Chenonceau, Vallée de la Loire, France

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Portrait of Diane de Poitiers (1499-1556)  by an artist of the  French School

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Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566), mistress of Henri II. She wielded much influence and power at the French Court, which continued until Henry was mortally wounded in a tournament accident, during which his lance wore her favour (ribbon) rather than his wife's.

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Marble mid-sixteenth-century fountain of Diana; the top section is from Château d'Anet (Eure-et-Loir), residence of Diane de Poitiers, favourite of Henri II; Diana the Roman huntress goddess is portrayed with her bow and stag attributes.

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Diane de Poitiers comme dame de chasse au salon de François Ier, Château de Chenonceau, France (Diane de Poitiers as huntress in the Salon de François Ier, Chateau de Chenonceau in France