Diane’s Correspondence

Besides over one hundred extent letters, Diane left two poems to posterity. The letters are written for a diversity of occasions, public and private. Some are written in the king’s name, others are cowritten by Diane and Henry. Her personal letters often focus in on public concerns and her letters about her private affairs were the subject of public discussion in her lifetime. The public and the private are thus blurred in her writings which give a glimpse of the personality of one of the most public of people of the French Renaissance. Please remember that these letters are transcribed exactly as they were written in Old French.

All Diane’s correspondence bore her strong and confident signature: