Women’s Studies Speaker Series: “The
Royal Love Triangle of Henri II, Catherine d’Medici and Diane de Poitiers”Henri II
ruled France at the height of the Renaissance, but the woman who ruled him was
not his wife. Instead, his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, wielded political and
social influence. The king’s queen, Catherine d’ Medici, was a political
outsider who came into her own only after her husband’s death. This unconventional
relationship offered some surprising benefits to both women. Professor Kathleen
Wellman teaches history at Southern Methodist University. Free and open to the public.