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Diane de Poitiers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Diane de Poitiers Duchesse de Valentinois. 1499-1566. French noblewoman and mistress of Henry II. Her influence, lasting throughout his reign (1547-1559), overshadowed that of his wife, Catherine de Médicis.

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  • n. French noblewoman who was the mistress of Henry II; she had more influence over him than did his wife Catherine de Medicis (1499-1566)


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  • The most famous chateau, and justifiably so, is Chenonceau chenonceau.com in Indre-et-Loire – it straddles a lake on a series of arches, and was a gift from King Henri II to his lover Diane de Poitiers, a woman so sexy that the Queen, Catherine de Medici, used to spy on the couple's lovemaking to learn a few tricks.

    Classic France: the insiders' guide

  • Trying to preserve her youth, Diane de Poitiers, mistress of French King Henry II, died from drinking gold.

    Get Briefed: Ken Fisher

  • I'm also fascinated by your comments from Dianne de Poitiers--we visited Chenonceau on a bike trip one time and heard all about Diane de Poitiers who lived there I'm thinking in the 1500's?

    bapteme - French Word-A-Day

  • If there is a villainess in the book it is Diane de Poitiers.

    Scandalous Women in Fiction: The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

  • Vincennes 6. Catherine de Medici purchased this castle after the death of her husband Henri II and forced his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, to exchange Chenonceau for it; Benjamin Franklin was a guest there during the 1760's; it was the home of the writer Madame de Stael in the early nineteenth century.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Wasn't one of the reasons that Diane de Poitiers became involved with Henri II because his father wanted to make him a real life-loving Frenchman again, instead of a sober Spaniard?

    The Princes in the Tower, French Version

  • Anyway, as for Diane de Poitiers, it's been claimed that François "commissioned" her to tame Henri, who was, understandably, mistrustful of people and rough around the edges.

    The Princes in the Tower, French Version

  • I'll leave you with a painting that is purported to be of Diane de Poitiers, Henri II's mistress, regarding herself in a mirror.

    Mirror, Mirror

  • Inspired by the legendary courtesan Diane de Poitiers, the scent is a simultaneously playful and classic take on iris.

    Parfums Delrae Mythique: Perfume Review

  • Well, I have been writing historical fiction for almost 20 years, beginning with Courtesan, a novel based on the true, epic love story of Henri II and Diane de Poitiers—who was the unofficial Renaissance queen of France.

    Archive 2009-10-01


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