A Portrait in Black and White

Diane de Poitiers in Her Own Words

by Shari Beck



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/26/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781462029815
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781462029822
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781462029839

About the Book

Diane de Poitiers could have—and should have—been Queen of France. King Henri II was devoted to her throughout his life. His childhood attachment turned into an adolescent attraction, and eventually into a passionate and consuming love. His greatest wish was to make her his wife and to have her rule France at his side. However, theirs was a time when royal marriages were arranged for political gain, and Henri’s first duty was to France; he was forced to marry a woman he could never love.

Diane de Poitiers was beautiful, wealthy, and well educated. Nineteen years his senior, she was Henri’s ideal woman. Diane and Henri loved each other with a love that was not only romantic and physical, but which also existed on a pure and spiritual level. Henri lavished gifts upon the woman he loved, and Diane guided and inspired him like no other—until they were separated for eternity by a cruel twist of fate.

Over five hundred years later, historians credit Diane with the success of Henri’s reign. But who was this woman who won the heart of the King of France? Let her tell you, in her own words…

About the Author

Shari Beck is the 12th-great-grandaughter of Diane de Poitiers and Louis de Brézé. Genealogy is one of her favorite pastimes, so it was only natural that she would combine that with her love of writing and history to tell the story of one of her ancestors. Shari is the mother of a grown daughter, Laura, and the grandmother of Claire! She lives just east of Toronto, Canada.