French menage gets the British royal treatment

8th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - A new book telling of intrigue, love and adultery in a royal marriage has been unveiled here by Britain's Princess Michael of Kent-- but this tale happened more than 400 years ago in France.

PARIS, March 8 (AFP) - A new book telling of intrigue, love and adultery in a royal marriage has been unveiled here by Britain's Princess Michael of Kent-- but this tale happened more than 400 years ago in France.

The princess was in Paris late Monday at an exclusive book-signing of the French edition of her historical book "The Serpent and the Moon" which is published on Wednesday by Lattes as "La Lune et Le Serpent".

The book, which first appeared in English late last year, is set in the 16th century and tells of the undying love affair between Henri II of France and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who was 18 years older than him.

At the signing at the exclusive Paris jewellers Bucheron, the princess said she had written the book because the story of Diane de Poitiers was unknown in Britain.

The princess is directly descended from both Diane de Poitiers and Henri's wife Catherine de Medicis. She is married to Prince Michael of Kent who is a cousin of both Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip.

Diane only succumbed to Henri's pursuit of her when she was widowed, but the couple then went on to rule France almost as one, signing official documents together and with their intertwined monograms adorning chateaux furnishings throughout the country.

The tale almost mirrors the modern royal marital woes of heir to the British throne Prince Charles whose late wife, Princess Diana, once famously remarked "there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

Diana was referring to the prince's long-time lover Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he is now set to marry on April 8.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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