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Diane de Poitiers

Subject: History

 (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 ...

Montmorency, Anne De

Montmorency, Anne De (1492–1567)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Religion
Length:
408 words

...of constable in 1538 . Three years later he fell into disgrace until Francis died in 1547 . The new king, Henry II , brought him back to power, and for the duration of Henry's reign, he was his closest adviser. However, he had to share influence with the Guises and Diane de Poitiers , Henry's mistress. In 1549 Montmorency crushed the Gabelle Revolt in southwestern France and earned a reputation for harshness. Yet he also was a force for peace with the Habsburgs and cooperation with foreign Protestants, although he advocated severity toward French...

Henry II of France

Henry II of France (1519–1559)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Religion
Length:
698 words

...ransom of their father, captured at the Battle of Pavia. Henry never forgave Charles V for what he regarded as harsh treatment during his four years in Spain. In 1534 he was wedded to Catherine de Médicis , Pope Clement VII 's cousin, as part of a Franco-papal alliance. Henry never grew to love his wife but found emotional fulfillment with Diane de Poitiers , twenty years his senior, who remained his mistress to his death. In 1536 Henry's older brother died, and he became Dauphin. Despite the coldness in the relationship between father and son, Francis...

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