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), 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.
Henry II was a participant in jousts and tournaments. On 30 June 1559, during a match to celebrate the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis with his longtime enemies, the Habsburgs of Austria, and to celebrate the marriage of his daughter Elisabeth of Valois to King Philip II of Spain, King Henry was mortally wounded by the lance of Gabriel Montgomery, captain of the Guard. Henry had successfully shattered his opponent's lance when a fragment pierced his eyes and he died on 10 July 1559 from…
Diane de Poitiers, morte d'avoir voulu rester jeune
Diane de Poitiers par François Clouet. Décédée en 1566 à l'âge de 66 ans, la maîtresse du roi de France Henri II s'est probablement empoisonnée avec l'or qu'elle prenait pour entretenir sa beauté. Ses cheveux contiennent de fortes concentrations d'or, un élixir de jouvence qu'elle buvait chaque matin au réveil, pour préserver sa beauté ou pour continuer à pratiquer intensément ses sports favoris (natation, chasse et équitation).