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Diane de Poitiers

1499 - 1566

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Diane de Poitiers (9 January 1500 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and prominent courtier. She wielded much power and influence as King Henry II's royal mistress and adviser until his death. Her position increased her wealth and family's status. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Diane de Poitiers has received more than 2,407,551 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Diane de Poitiers is the 888th most popular politician (down from 628th in 2019), the 337th most popular biography from France (down from 259th in 2019) and the 84th most popular French Politician.

Diane de Poitiers was a mistress of King Henry II of France and the power behind the throne.

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Among politicians, Diane de Poitiers ranks 888 out of 15,577Before her are Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Andrei Gromyko, Hua Guofeng, Cato the Younger, Scorpion II, and Anastasius I Dicorus. After her are Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, Thutmose II, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Wojciech Jaruzelski, and Olaf Tryggvason.

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Among people born in 1499, Diane de Poitiers ranks 4Before her are Pope Pius IV, Mary Boleyn, and Claude of France. After her are Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Giulio Romano, Bernardino de Sahagún, Peter of Alcantara, Claude Garamond, Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat, Michiel Coxie, and Maria Salviati. Among people deceased in 1566, Diane de Poitiers ranks 4Before her are Suleiman the Magnificent, Nostradamus, and Bartolomé de las Casas. After her are Nikola IV Zrinski, Daniele da Volterra, Leonhart Fuchs, Louise Labé, Antonio de Cabezón, Margaret Paleologa, Sigismund von Herberstein, and Johannes Agricola.

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Among people born in France, Diane de Poitiers ranks 337 out of 6,011Before her are Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809), François Couperin (1668), Robert Guiscard (1016), Jean-Baptiste Say (1767), Mireille Mathieu (1946), and Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674). After her are Jean Renoir (1894), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Elisabeth of France (1602), Raymond Poincaré (1860), Charles, Count of Valois (1270), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908).


Among politicians born in France, Diane de Poitiers ranks 84Before her are Joan I of Navarre (1273), Robert I, Duke of Normandy (1010), Louis, Duke of Burgundy (1682), Édouard Daladier (1884), Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748), and Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275). After her are Elisabeth of France (1602), Raymond Poincaré (1860), James I of Aragon (1208), Constantine II (316), Louis IV of France (920), and Baldwin I of Jerusalem (1058).