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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 ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

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2005
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...and the duchy of Valentinois. After Henri's death in 1559 Diane was ousted from the court by Catherine de Médicis, who forced her to return the crown jewels and to exchange Chenonceaux for the Loire chateau of Chaumont. After a brief stay at Chaumont Diane retired to her chateau at Anet, also given to her by Henry II . Dictionnaire de biographie française ; Françoise Bardon , Diane de Poitiers et le mythe de Diane (1963); Ivan Cloulas , Diane de Poitiers ...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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... de Poitiers ( 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 at Anet until it was auctioned in 1724 . Its 300 MSS are listed in Pierre Gandouin’s sale catalogue. The books are notable for their bindings, some of which bear a monogram incorporating her and the king’s initials. Vincent Giroud G. H. Bushnell , ‘ Diane de Poitiers and her Books ’, Library , 4/7 (1926–7),...

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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2005
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89 words

... De Poitiers ( 1499–1560 ). The middle‐aged mistress of Henri II , over whom she seems to have cast a spell. The story that she gave herself to François I er in order to save the life of her father is, despite Hugo 's Le Roi s'amuse , almost certainly apocryphal. Under Henri's rule, she was all‐powerful; but we have few primary sources concerning their relationship. She is best remembered today as a possible model for Diana the Huntress (School of Fontainebleau ) and as the fortunate recipient of the Château d'Anet. [ James Supple...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...00de0Poitiers Diane de Poitiers 1499 – 1566 French mistress of Henri II of France Adieu doulx baisers colombins. Adieu ce qu'en secret faisons Quand entre nous deux nous jouons. Farewell sweet kisses, pigeon-wise, With lip and tongue; farewell again The secret sports betwixt us twain. ‘To Henry II Upon His Leaving for a Trip’ ( c. 1552) sweet kisses , pigeon-wise sweet kisses, pigeon -wise secret sports betwixt us...

Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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2009
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...called ‘Diane de Poitiers’ (Washington, DC, N.G.A.; see fig.). Clouet's Diana Bathing (Rouen, Mus. B.-A.), known in various versions, also seems to depend on a lost original from Anet. François Clouet (after): Diane de Poitiers , oil on panel, 270×109 mm, second-half of the 16th century (Chantilly, Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly); photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY P. Erlanger : Diane de Poitiers (Paris, 1955) F. Bardon : Diane de Poitiers et le mythe de Diane (Paris, 1963) A. Chastel : ‘Diane de Poitiers: L’Eros de la...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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2015
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... de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois ( 1499–1566 ) Mistress of Henry II of France . She came to court during the reign of Francis I ( 1515–47 ) and Prince Henry, 20 years her junior, fell passionately in love with her. On his accession she became queen in all but name displacing Henry’s wife, Catherine de Medici. A beautiful and cultured woman, she was friend and patron of poets and artists. She played little part in politics, contenting herself with augmenting her income and providing for her family. On Henry’s death ( 1559 ) Catherine forced her to...

Diane de Poitiers

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 (1499–1566) French royal mistressduring Henri II’s reign (1547–59), daughter of the comte de Saint-Vallier, himself a bibliophile. Her library remained with the Vendôme family at Anet until it was ...
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 ...
Jacques Ibert

Jacques Ibert  

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(b Paris, 1890; d Paris, 1962).Fr. composer. Dir., Fr. Acad., Rome, 1937–60 (excl. 1939–45), ass. dir. Paris Opéra and Opéra‐Comique 1955–6. Works, light and witty in style, incl.:operas:Persée et ...
Anatole Vilzak

Anatole Vilzak  

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(b Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 Aug. 1896 (some sources say St Petersburg, 31 Aug. 1896); d San Francisco, 15 Aug. 1998)Russian-US dancer and teacher. He studied at the Imperial Theatre School in St ...
Philibert Delorme

Philibert Delorme  

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 (c.1505–70) French High Renaissance architect from a family of master masons.After launching his career in Lyon (Hôtel Bulliod, 1536) he was called to Paris by du Bellay (1540) who ...
Ida Rubinstein

Ida Rubinstein  

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(b St Petersburg (some sources say Kharkov) Oct. 1885; d Vence, France, 20 Sept. 1960)Russian dancer, actress, and director. Born into a wealthy family she was able to study music, dance, and acting ...
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 ...
Philibert de L' Orme

Philibert de L' Orme  

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also given as(c. 1514–70).French architect who influenced later generations largely through his books. In Rome (1533–5), he became acquainted with Classicism, before returning to Paris where he ...
Jean Goujon

Jean Goujon  

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(b c.1510; d ?Bologna, ?1568).French sculptor. He ranks second only to Germain Pilon as the greatest French sculptor of the 16th century and he created a distinctive Mannerist style as sophisticated ...
Henry II

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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53 words

...II ( 1519–59 ) King of France ( 1547–59 ). Son and successor of Francis I , he married Catherine de' Medici but was dominated by his mistress, Diane de Poitiers , and the rival families of Guise and Montmorency. After bankrupting the royal government, the war with Spain ended with the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis ( 1559...

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