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# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1993-00-00 Pocket Books  

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Diane Haeger"s first novel offers a romanticized account of the relationship between King Henri II of France and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Invited back to court after several years" absence, the 31-year-old widow is unwilling to warm the bed of Henri"s father, King Francois I. Yet Francois"s powerful mistress, Anne d"Heilly, still schemes to drive Diane from court, and Diane finds an ally in Prince Henri (the king"s second son), who is almost equally friendless. Although many years her junior, Henri is infatuated with the beautiful widow and devastated when the king, hoping to get his hands on a chunk of Italy, sells him in marriage to Catherine de Medici. After the marriage, Henri continues to pursue Diane, and, about the time of the Dauphin"s death, she becomes his mistress and advisor, roles she fills until his death.

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