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The Queen's Necklace: Marie Antoinette and the Scandal that Shocked and Mystified France

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Written in 1961 and now back in print, this classic and fascinating true crime story stars none other than Marie Antoinette. Four years before the French Revolution, some priceless diamonds were purchased in elaborate secrecy from a court jeweler. The jewels, not yet paid for, were delivered into the hands of the first Prelate of the Church of France. He, in turn, gave it to a countess who claimed to be acting for Marie Antoinette. Although essentially an innocent bystander, the Queen became embroiled in a ...

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Overview

Written in 1961 and now back in print, this classic and fascinating true crime story stars none other than Marie Antoinette. Four years before the French Revolution, some priceless diamonds were purchased in elaborate secrecy from a court jeweler. The jewels, not yet paid for, were delivered into the hands of the first Prelate of the Church of France. He, in turn, gave it to a countess who claimed to be acting for Marie Antoinette. Although essentially an innocent bystander, the Queen became embroiled in a scandal that fatally weakened the monarchy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842126141
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Phoenix Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part 1 The Luminaries
I The Countess de La Motte-Valois 3
II Marie Antoinette and Prince de Rohan 25
III Count Beugnot, Monsieur de La Motte and Retaux de Villette 44
IV Abbe Georgel 66
V Cagliostro 77
Part 2 Trajectories Cross
VI The Cardinal Meets Cagliostro and the Countess 93
VII The Countess at Court 118
VIII The Countess and the Queen 130
IX The Countess in the Provinces 147
X The Key to the Enigma 158
XI The Grove of Venus 169
Part 3 The Necklace
XII The Theft 197
XIII The Diamonds Disposed Of 222
XIV Suspicions 235
XV Discovery 252
XVI The Cardinal Arrested 270
XVII The Countess Arrested 280
Part 4 The Trial
XVIII Accusations and Counteraccusations 299
XIX Witnesses, Defense Pleas and New Evidence 342
XX Interrogations and Confrontations 372
XXI On the Eve of the Trial 431
XXII The Verdict 446
XXIII Sentences Executed 467
Part 5 The Aftermath
XXIV The Countess Escapes 491
XXV The Countess Triumphs 525
XXVI The Fate of the Principals 544
XXVII Conclusions 584
Chronology 599
Appendix 603
Bibliography 613
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