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Diane de Poitiers

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 (1499–1566) French royal mistress during Henri II’s reign (1547–59), daughter of the comte de Saint-Vallier, himself a bibliophile. Her library remained with the Vendôme family ...

Château d' Anet

Château d' Anet  

A Renaissance chateau some 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Paris. It was built between 1546 and 1552 by Henri II for his mistress Diane de Poitiers. The house and ...
Jean François Fernel

Jean François Fernel  

(1497–1558),French physician and applied mathematician, the son of an innkeeper who studied medicine at the University of Paris, where he was appointed professor of medicine in 1534. He became ...
Château de Chenonceaux

Château de Chenonceaux  

The chateau was built by Thomas Bohier between 1513 and 1521. The site is the river Cher, which the chateau spans. After the death of Bohier and his widow the ...
Château d' Ancy-Le-Franc

Château d' Ancy-Le-Franc  

An Italian Renaissance house and garden near Auxerre, in Burgundy. The architect was Serlio, who was employed at the court of Francis I. The house and garden were commissioned by ...
umbrellas

umbrellas  

The purpose of the modern umbrella is to protect its holder from rain, but, as the etymology of the word (Latin umbra, i.e. shade) indicates, it was originally intended to ...
Henri II

Henri II  

(1519–59),King of France, the second son of Francis I and Queen Claude; he was the younger brother of François, the dauphin. In 1526, at the age of 7, he ...

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