A British medical journal has published findings saying a mistress of 16th-century French King Henry II may have died from consuming too much drinkable gold. Experts examining the exhumed remains of Diane de Poitiers, found deadly levels of gold in her hair. The popular drink was believed to preserve youth.
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.
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