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 September 1499 – 25 April was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier at the courts of kings Francis I and his son, Henry II of France. She became notorious as the latter's favourite mistress.

1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet. Her headdress in this and the next image is unusual and not really a French hood. The object she holds could be a lens. Catherine was a widow when she became involved with Henri II, demonstrated by the black and white dress and hood worn in this portrait.

1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet "Dying to look good - French king's mistress Diane de Poitiers killed by drinking gold elixir of youth." By Claire Bates, Daily Mail, December 2009

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…

The emblem of Diane de Poitiers, three interlaced crescents.

The emblem of Diane de Poitiers, three interlaced crescents.

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: victim of vanity?

Diane De Poitiers: Victim Of Vanity?

Diane Poitiers, The Circle, Royal Families, Mistress, French History, Costume Ideas, Mrs., The Young, Bourbon

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 September 1499 – 25 April was a French noblewoman and…

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

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

Diane de Poitiers 1555

Diane de Poitiers 1555

Château de Chenonceau ~ Loire Valley ~ France ~ It is by the river Cher and surrounded by forests and gardens. King Henry II gave it to his favorite - Diane de Poitiers, but when he died in a tournament, his widow the queen Catherine de Medici forced Diane to give it back to her. It's been remodeled numerous times over the years by several different women of position. The gardens are as pretty as the castle itself!

France's Most Beautiful Castles & Chateaux

Chateaux Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France My absolute favorite castle I've been to! The gardens were gorgeous!

Diane de Poitiers au bain.

Diane de Poitiers au bain.

26 avril 1566 : mort de Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, favorite de Henri II. Histoire, magazine et patrimoine

26 avril 1566 : mort de Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, favorite de Henri II. Histoire, magazine et patrimoine

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