It's not just sex in life! There is pure and chaste love, platonic love too! Ah how many poems, how many Alexandrines would not have seen the light of day, would have died in the bud, if the lady had gone to the saucepan ... An edifying example? Hélène de Surgères, born April 9, 1545 at the Château de Surgères, in Saintonge, the ultimate inspirer of the great Ronsard. She was part of the close entourage of Catherine de Medici. Ronsard dedicated 130 sonnets to this woman whom he loved hopelessly and in vain for many years.