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
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.
A design of three interlaced crescent moons, similar to the Borromean rings, can be seen at the Palace of Fontainebleau. Sometimes the points of each moon meet, completing the rings. The motif was designed by the architect Philibert de l'Orme, and is based on the moon emblem used by Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), mistress of King Henry II of France. There may be also an Italian influence since the Queen of France was Caterina II de Medici.
Costume Sketch of Lana Turner as Diane de Poitiers in MGM film 'Diane' Walter Plunkett, designer I am reading a book called Serpent and the Moon about Diane and Catherine de Medici and the King Henri II. I will have to watch this :)
Bed of Diane de Poitiers, Chenonceau Château, The Interior. Loire Valley, France The four-poster bed dates from early 17°s and ils placed in front of a 16°s Flemish tapestry. The bookcase holds the archives of Fontainebleau; one of the volumes, to be seen the showcase, bears the signatures of Thomas Bohier and Diane de Poitiers
Diane de Poitiers (3 september 1499 – 25 April 1566) La maîtresse inébranlable, insubmersible, aimée et belle du roi Henri II de France; Diane de Poitiers est un de ces personnages que je suis toujours stupéfait que nous n'entendons pas davantage. Elle était connue pour sa beauté, son intelligence, son dévouement à son roi, et son sens politique.