Courtyard King headed. Henry de Valois was born March 31, 1519 and was the second son of Francis I. He did not think about the succession to the throne, after his older brother Francis was in good health. When Francis I in 1526 was released from Spanish captivity, he neglected his sons and rode past them towards freedom; farewell kiss Henry gave a seven-year-hearted Diane de Poitiers, the former older than eighteen years. Conclusion princes were harsh. At the time of release in 1530 eleven Heinrich became sullen and withdrawn, but on his return to France he welcomed Diana, showing interest to the young man. When he first took part in a tournament organized in honor of its release, on his spear he was carrying her colors - black and white. Three years later she accompanied him to the wedding to Catherine of Medici - Italian heiress, who was only two months older than him. Catherine was the only daughter of Lorenzo de 'Medici and the niece of Pope Clement VII, so that the marriage provided Francis useful allies in Italy. Diane and the constable of France, the Duke Anne de Montmorency led the aristocratic party, hostile to Catherine - upstart foreigner. Montmorency unfairly dubbed her "a daughter of Italian shopkeeper." Equally, these nobles unfairly accused of poisoning Katherine older brother Henry, when he died in 1536, after playing in the heat of tennis and then after drinking ice water, which is brought to him by his secretary-Italian Sebastian de Montecuccoli. Since all the Italians were considered experts in poisons enemies princess seemed obvious that Catherine cleared the husband and his way to the French throne. Montecuccoli, who was probably innocent, tortured, and then executed the orders of Francois I, he was torn apart by horses.
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