A Portrait In Black And White

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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 ...

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A Portrait in Black and White: Diane de Poitiers in Her Own Words

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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...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462029815
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Fact or fiction?

    This book purports to be a biography, but is actually a historical novel. The author puts the story in Diane's own words (in journal form). Although it appears to be well-researched, it includes much material of the author's imagination, material that no amount of research could determine. The author's excuse is that she is sure Diane would have felt that way. The author is also the great-to-the-umpteenth-granddaughter of Diane. Unfortunately, it is difficult to take this book seriously as either biography or historical fiction. The author doesn't distinguish in the text between researched fact and her imagination. Although the quality of the writing is adequate for a scholarly biography, it is too dry and unimaginative to make it a good read. Whether you are looking for a real biography of Diane de Poitiers, or a good novel based on her life, I would look elsewhere.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Incredible times.

    Love reading about Diane. She was involved with so much of that period in history; she was larger than life and lived life fully.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    A must for anyone who loves history and romance!

    There have been many biographies of Diane de Poitiers and this one tells her life story in the format of her journal. She always wore black and white, hence the title. Diane was in love with the King of France, and she personally knew many historical figures. The book tells the story of her passionate love affair with a man nearly twenty years younger, and it is also a chronicle of the world events during her lifetime. It is well-researched, and the notes at the end of each chapter give additional historical information or important facts. Best of all, it was written after Diane's remains where exhumed in 2009 and the cause of her death finally discovered, and the book examines that in great detail.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    MUDDY WATERS!

    what we have here with this book is a would be writer , who confuses fiction with biography. What you get is mud!If this was a biography Ms. Beck would not emote and speak for Diane. Instead she did just that! No Biography! Not even good fiction.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    HEPHESTUS CABIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Mary Kay Letourneau in the sixteenth century

    I took this back it was a gift for my Birthday. I have researched this subject for so long and then when I opened my package and sat down to read. I was shocked, geared up to read a journal by Diane herself what a treasure. After reading the first five chapters I shook my head sadly, what has become of biographers from publish houses? This is a vanity press my sister over paid for this book! When biographers like Alison Weir are selling her latest for what 16.99 in hard copy this book was 29.00 ouch. This was written in the first person which is not a biographers way of writing but this author speaks for Diane who was about 19 years older than her student Henri Duke of Orleans . The dauphine died making Henri the next in line. Diane was not the complex woman I hear and read about. She was calculating, scheming against her cousin Catherine Medici, who was also an evil personality. Diane like Catherine hated Lutherans the bias was at that time in history a war between protestamts and Catholics. I do not feel Diane was any better than her cousin Catherine . She took a boy who was sent to serve his father's sentence in spain at age 5 with the Dauphine. She used this as a personal gain. The woman was full of guile, using her own body to seduce Henri. This was excepted behavior for that time an older woman younger man. But she was his teacher even then it did not go down well. She was not in a brothel where they often took young boys to have sex. A nobleborn woman, who was so knowledgeable on courtly ways. A saint according to her so called descendent. She was known depends on which biographer so well educated and knew better than to take this teen-ager and lure him into her web. I felt this book was a who's who of titles thats bigger than my tush! That is big! Please do not waste money on this book! N

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