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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 - 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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Diane de Poitiers est surtout connue pour avoir été pendant plus de 20 ans, la favorite d'Henri II, roi de France et l'ami puis la rivale de Catherine de Médicis. Elle était "la plus que Reine".

Diane de Poitiers est surtout connue pour avoir été pendant plus de 20 ans, la favorite d'Henri II, roi de France et l'ami puis la rivale de Catherine de Médicis. Elle était "la plus que Reine".

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 :)

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 :)

Diane de Poitiers 1500-69 Mistress of HenryII who was married to Catherine De Medici

Diane de Poitiers 1500-69 Mistress of HenryII who was married to Catherine De Medici

Portrait of Diane de Poitiers as Diana goddess of the hunt on display in the bedroom of Francis I at the Château de Chenonceau.

Portrait of Diane de Poitiers as Diana goddess of the hunt on display in the bedroom of Francis I at the Château de Chenonceau.

Diane de Poitiers, a 16th-century French noblewoman, in her bed-chamber in the Château de Chenonceau, having her hair dressed

The Once-Common Practice of Communal Sleeping

Diane de Poitiers, a 16th-century French noblewoman, in her bed-chamber in the Château de Chenonceau, having her hair dressed

Château de Chenonceau - Bedroom of Diane de Poitiers, Henri II's mistress, with initials of h and d, which could be read as "c" for catherine de medicis, Henri's wife

Château de Chenonceau - Bedroom of Diane de Poitiers, Henri II's mistress, with initials of h and d, which could be read as "c" for catherine de medicis, Henri's wife

Alexandre Benois (Russian, 1870-1960)    Set Design for the Jacques Ibert Ballet «Diane de Poitiers», 1931    Pencil, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 30 x 46.5 cm

Alexandre Benois (Russian, 1870-1960) Set Design for the Jacques Ibert Ballet «Diane de Poitiers», 1931 Pencil, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 30 x 46.5 cm

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

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.

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.