Pomp and pageantry vie with cleavage and costumes in this 16th-century historical saga about Diane de Poitiers, the French whore who became Henri II's mistress and almost pushed his queen, Catherine de Medicis, out of the picture. As the film commences Turner is pleading for the life of
her husband, Thatcher, at the court of Armendariz, playing Francis I of France. Thatcher has been accused of plotting against the king and Turner makes an impassioned speech on his behalf that touches Armendariz. Thatcher escapes with his life but believes Turner secured his safety by dallying
with Armendariz, so he dumps her. Turner is asked by Armendariz if she will teach his son,...