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- 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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Diane de Poitiers had noticed her love of flowers, and had helped her to plan this entirely white garden just below the terrace, leading up to the tranquil waters of an ornamental pool.
Bothwell's Janet Beaton was seen as such, and even the elegant Diane de Poitiers with young Henri II, both women being some twenty years older than their lovers.
Diane de Poitiers was beautiful in an otherworldly sort of way, remote, ethereal, like the goddess Diana she emulated.
But Bess was childishly eager to consult with Mary about matters of taste, since Mary had lived in all the great chateaux of France, and seen firsthand the murals at Fontainebleau, the columns of marble at St. - Germain-en-Laye, the paintings by Primaticcio of Diane de Poitiers at Chenonceau, the secret cupboards at Blois.
Diane de Poitiers came forward, wearing her customary black and white this gown was in the Grecian fashion, loose and flowing, but fastened with black straps.
Tis true, what Diane de Poitiers once told me, she thought with surprise.