Diane de Poitiers
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a fixture at the courts of Francis I and Henry II of France. She became notorious as the latter's favorite mistress, although she was 20 years his senior.
In Fiction and Film
Diane de Poitiers has appeared in many novels and films.
- The Two Dianas, Alexandre Dumas, père.
- Courtesan, Diane Haeger.
- La Princesse de Clèves, Madame de La Fayette.
- The Devil's Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici, Jeanne Kalogridis.
- Queen's Play and Checkmate, Dorothy Dunnett.
- The Serpent and the Moon, Princess Michael of Kent.