Henry III of France , 4th son of Henry II and Catherine de Medici B: 19 Sept 1551 D: 2 Aug 1589 King of Poland for a short time, Inherited the throne as King of France at the age of 22. Married to Louise of Lorraine.
Madame Tussaud molding a death mask of Queen Marie Antoinette after her execution in 1793. Madame Tussaud "had the gruesome responsibility of making death masks from heads—frequently those of her friends—freshly severed by the guillotine."
Charles IX (27 June 1550 – 30 May 1574) was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1560 until his death. He ascended the throne of France upon the death of his brother Francis II.
Diane de Poitiers was the first woman on the French council. She was the much older mistress of Henri II of France. On his deathbed Henri called for her but his wife, Catherine de Medici, refused to allow her to the room and so Henri died without the woman he had loved for over two decades. After her lover's death Diane retired to her country estate where she engaged in charitable pursuits.