Drinkable Gold May Have Killed King's Mistress
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. In 16th century France, drinkable gold was the pomegranate juice of the day, believed to keep you young forever. But it may have killed a mistress to two kings. Experts examining the exhumed remains of Diane de Poitiers found deadly levels of gold in her hair. While drinking gold didn't live up to its promise, Diane had reasons to believe it was an elixir of youth. She was mistress to Henry II, who was 20 years her junior.
It's MORNING EDITION.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.