Diane de Poitiers


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Di·ane de Poi·tiers

 (dē-än′ də pwä-tyā′)Duchesse de Valentinois. 1499-1566.
French mistress of Henry II who exerted considerable influence over the king.
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Noun1.Diane de Poitiers - French noblewoman who was the mistress of Henry IIDiane de Poitiers - 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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Her slender and well-defined outlines reminded an artist of the Venus of the Middle Ages rendered by Jean Goujon, the illustrious sculptor of Diane de Poitiers.
- Built in 1513 by Katherine Briconnet and enriched by Diane de Poitiers and enlarged under Catherine de Medicis.
Sitting on one side of the Cher River, Chenonceau was given as a gift by Henry II to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who built a bridge to link the chateau with the opposite bank, as well as some lavish gardens.
With a master's degree in medieval history, Caro is relatively authoritative and vivid in her descriptions of premodern royals and nobles such as the regent Blanche de Castile (mother of Louis IX) and the paramour Diane de Poitiers (mistress of Henri II).
Catherine was rich but not pretty and Henry was soon in the arms of Diane de Poitiers, a beautiful, ambitious widow in her mid-thirties who became almost a queen behind the scenes.
In an intricately argued study of iconographic and Italian texts, Helene Casanova-Robin draws a dialectical portrait of Diane de Poitiers that combines biography and the Chateau d'Anet with the myth of huntress and locus amoenus.