De Poitiers, Diane

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de Poitiers, Diane Gender: F
born on 3 September 1499 Jul.Cal. (12 Sep 1499 greg.) at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place St.Vallier, France, 45n10, 4e49
Timezone LMT m4e49 (is local mean time)
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Rodden Rating XX
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°43' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 29°31 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 02°18'

Alternative rectified time
by De jabrun
Date 29 December 1499 Jul.Cal. (7 Jan 1500 greg.) at 02:40 (= 02:40 AM )
Place St.Vallier, FR, 45n10, 4e49
Timezone LMT m4e49 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 16°29' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 01°43 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 12°16'

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Date 31 December 1499 Jul.Cal. (9 Jan 1500 greg.)
Place St.Vallier, FR, 45n10, 4e49
Timezone LMT m4e49 (is local mean time)
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°55' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_sagcol.18.gif

Diane de Poitiers


Mistress of Henry II of France. Throughout his reign she held court as queen of France in all but name, while the real queen, Catherine de Médicis, was forced to live in comparative obscurity. Diane seems to have concerned herself with augmenting her income and with making provisions for her family and protégés rather than with public affairs. A beautiful woman with a lively, cultivated mind, she was a friend and patron of poets, including Pierre de Ronsard, and of many artists. The great Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme built her château at Anet, and the Mannerist sculptor Jean Goujon adorned it with his works.

Diane came to court as a lady-in-waiting first to the mother of Francis I, Louise of Savoy, then to Queen Claude. Shortly after the death of her husband, Louis de Brézé, comte de Maulevrier, in 1531, the prince Henry, then duc d’Orléans and 20 years her junior, fell violently in love with her, and she became his mistress. Even in their own time legends grew up around them. On Henry’s death (1559), his wife, Catherine, forced Diane to restore those of the crown jewels Henry had given her and to accept the fortress-like château of Chaumont in exchange for Chenonceaux.

She died 22 or 26 April 1566. Looking for "eternal youth", she was known for drinking liquid gold. Recently, the French medicine proved that she had 500 times the average dose of gold usually found in a human body... (on her hair).

Diane de Poitiers has been featured in many novels and films.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


Source Notes

Taeger quoted Penfield quoting bc (unverified) for 3 September 1499, 23:00. Julian.

German Wikipedia has as alternatives: 3 Sept 1499, 31 Dec 1499 and 9 Jan 1500.

French historian Pierre Bayle: March 1500.

French wikipedia and others: 9 January 1500 (31 December 1499, julian calendar)). Jabrun. Rectified time: 29 December 1499, 2:40.


  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (Mistress of Henry II)