How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette,the Stolen Diamonds

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In September 1785 a trial began in Paris that would divide the country, captivate Europe and set the French monarchy on course for revolution and the tumbrils. The aristocratic Cardinal Louis de Rohan stood accused, not only of stealing a 2,800-carat diamond necklace, but claiming he was acting for the queen in purchasing the jewellery. Beckman reopens the case and examines how this murky, convoluted tale of greed and deceit fits into the narrative of French history.

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How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette,the Stolen Diamonds

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette,the Stolen Diamonds

and the Scandal that Shook the French Throne

Hardback398pp Illustrated

9781848549982     Product Code: 224341

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In September 1785 a trial began in Paris that would divide the country, captivate Europe and set the French monarchy on course for revolution and the tumbrils. The aristocratic Cardinal Louis de Rohan stood accused, not only of stealing a 2,800-carat diamond necklace, but claiming he was acting for the queen in purchasing the jewellery. Beckman reopens the case and examines how this murky, convoluted tale of greed and deceit fits into the narrative of French history.

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