Diane de Poitiers, mistress to King Henri II of France. Highly recommend the book by Shari Beck. A Portrait in Black & White Poitiers was one of the few women who kept extensive memoirs of her life and Ms. Beck does a fantastic job retelling her story.
Henry IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610), Henri-Quatre also known as Good King Henry "le bon roi Henri" was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first French monarch of the House of Bourbon. He converted to Catholicism along with his mother Jeanne d'Albret,Queen of Navarre.He inherited the throne of Navarre in 1572 on the death of his mother.As a Huguenot,He was involved in the French Wars of Religion,..
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Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 or 1124–1204) was the French wife of two medieval kings. After petitioning for her own divorce from her first husband, she negotiated her own marriage to Henry II of England. Eleanor was an especially active Queen Consort, as well as a capable ruler of her own domain in Aquitaine. When Henry II tried to limit her autonomous power there, she, with the help of her sons, rebelled. Click through to the link to read an (abridged) biography of her fascinating life...