A Portrait in Black and White: Diane De Poitiers in Her Own Words

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iUniverse, Aug 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages

Diane de Poitiers could haveand should havebeen Queen of France. King Henri II was devoted to her throughout his life. His childhood attachment turned into an adolescent attraction, and eventually into a passionate and consuming love. His greatest wish was to make her his wife and to have her rule France at his side. However, theirs was a time when royal marriages were arranged for political gain, and Henris first duty was to France; he was forced to marry a woman he could never love.

Diane de Poitiers was beautiful, wealthy, and well educated. Nineteen years his senior, she was Henris ideal woman. Diane and Henri loved each other with a love that was not only romantic and physical, but which also existed on a pure and spiritual level. Henri lavished gifts upon the woman he loved, and Diane guided and inspired him like no otheruntil they were separated for eternity by a cruel twist of fate.

Over five hundred years later, historians credit Diane with the success of Henris reign. But who was this woman who won the heart of the King of France? Let her tell you, in her own words

 

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Contents

Chapter 2
4
Chapter 3
8
Chapter 4
18
Chapter 5
36
Chapter 6
46
Chapter 7
54
Chapter 8
64
Chapter 9
72
Chapter 35
254
Chapter 36
264
Chapter 37
282
Chapter 38
296
Chapter 39
308
Chapter 40
316
Chapter 41
328
Chapter 42
334

Chapter 10
78
Chapter 11
84
Chapter 12
90
Chapter 13
98
Chapter 14
106
Chapter 15
114
Chapter 16
122
Chapter 17
128
Chapter 18
132
Chapter 19
138
Chapter 20
144
Chapter 21
154
Chapter 22
160
Chapter 23
170
Chapter 24
178
Chapter 25
184
Chapter 26
194
Chapter 27
202
Chapter 28
210
Chapter 29
218
Chapter 30
224
Chapter 31
230
Chapter 32
236
Chapter 33
242
Chapter 34
246
Chapter 43
342
Chapter 44
348
Chapter 45
356
Chapter 46
364
Chapter 47
374
Chapter 48
380
Chapter 49
398
Chapter 50
406
Chapter 51
412
Chapter 52
416
Chapter 53
422
Chapter 54
428
Chapter 55
434
Chapter 56
440
Chapter 57
442
Appendix I
450
Appendix II
452
Appendix III
454
Appendix IV
460
Appendix V
470
Appendix VI
472
Bibliography
476
Illustration Credits
478
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About the author (2011)

Shari Beck is the 12th-great-grandaughter of Diane de Poitiers and Louis de Brézé. Genealogy is one of her favorite pastimes, so it was only natural that she would combine that with her love of writing and history to tell the story of one of her ancestors. Shari is the mother of a grown daughter, Laura, and the grandmother of Claire! She lives just east of Toronto, Canada.

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