4 Novels about Diane de Poitiers

Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II
Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II

4 novels about Diane de Poitiers, one of France’s  powerful French royal mistress are available now.

French Royal Mistresses were powerful women.  From Agnes Sorel, the first official royal mistress, each royal wife tolerated one or more accepted mistresses.  Diane de Poitiers mistress of King Henri II, was Catherine’s de Medici’s great rival.  A description of 4 recent novels about Diane de Poitiers, the famous French renaissance mistress, follows.

Diane de Poitiers

Courtesan: A Novel, Diane Haeger Random House LLC (2006) available as ebook. Her fear hidden behind her radiant beauty, Diane walked regally into the court. King of France and his nobles gathered to meet her. After five years of exile, she had returned to face the whispers about her past.

The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King, Princess Michael of Kent Touchstone; (2005) available as ebook. This is a story of love, war, intrigue, betrayal, and persecution. It tells of the lifelong devotion of King Henri II of France to Diane de Poitiers. Diane, a beautiful aristocrat was nineteen years older than her lover.

A Portrait in Black and White: Diane de Poitiers in Her Own Words, Shari Beck,  iUniverse 2011 available as ebook.  Diane de Poitiers should have been Queen of France. King Henri II was devoted to her throughout his life. His childhood attachment turned into an adolescent attraction. Eventually he loved her passionately. He wished to make her his wife and to rule France at her side.

Diane de Poitiers’ Book of Days  N.J. Todd, Authorhouse (2006) History has maligned Diane de Poitiers., She was born to rule! With her Bourbon blood she had been educated from infancy onward in the French Court. At fifteen she married one of the most powerful and richest men in France. She became La Grande Seneschal of Normandy.  Why didn’t Diane de Poitiers  become Queen of France? Find out here.  Not available as ebook.

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