Victoria of Valois


Victoria of Valois

Victoria of Valois (24 June, 1556 – August 1556) and her twin sister, Joan of Valois), were the last children born to King Henri II of France and his wife, Catherine de' Medici.

Catherine's confinement came on June 24, 1556. Although Joan died in the womb, Victoria survived the birth--only to die a little more than a month later.

Because their birth very nearly cost their mother her life, the king's physician advised the king that there should be no more children; therefore, the king stopped visiting his wife's bedroom and spent all his time with his longtime mistress, Diane de Poitiers.


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