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The Resource How to ruin a queen : Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne, Jonathan Beckman

How to ruin a queen : Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne, Jonathan Beckman

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How to ruin a queen : Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne
Title
How to ruin a queen
Title remainder
Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Beckman
Title variation
Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne
Title variation remainder
how to ruin a queen
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On 5 September 1785, a trial began in Paris that would divide the country, captivate Europe and send the French monarchy tumbling down the slope towards the Revolution. Cardinal Louis de Rohan, scion of one of the most ancient and distinguished families in France, stood accused of forging Marie Antoinette's signature to fraudulently obtain the most expensive piece of jewellery in Europe - a 2,400-carat necklace worth 1.6 million francs. Where were the diamonds now? Was Rohan entirely innocent? Was, for that matter, the queen? What was the role of the charismatic magus, the comte de Cagliostro, who was rumoured to be two-thousand-years old and capable of transforming metal into gold? This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French police disguised as colliers, reams of lesbian pornography and a duel fought with poisoned pigs. It is a detective story, a courtroom drama, a tragicomic farce, and a study of credulity and self-deception in the Age of Enlightenment
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Beckman, Jonathan
Dewey number
944.035
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rohan-Guémené, Louis-René-Édouard
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Diamond Necklace Affair, France, 1785
  • Jewelry theft
  • Monarchy
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
How to ruin a queen : Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne, Jonathan Beckman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-370) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Contents note: 1.Princess in Rags -- 2.The Man Who Never Grew Up -- 3.Faith, Hope and Charity -- 4.Antoinette Against Versailles -- 5.In My Lady's Chamber -- 6.Notes on a Scandal -- 7.To Play the Queen -- 8.Diamonds and Best Friends -- 9.The Greatest Man in Europe: An Interlude -- 10.Follow the Money -- 11.Days of Reckoning -- 12.`I Will Pay for Everything' -- 13.Arresting Developments -- 14.Hotel Bastille -- 15.Witness Protection -- 16.Tired and Emotional -- 17.Nicolas Abroad: A Picaresque -- 18.Questions, Questions -- 19.Cheek to Cheek, Toe to Toe -- 20.An Extraordinary Rendition -- 21.The Truth Will Out -- 22.In the Gossip Factory -- 23.Judgement Day -- 24.Catch Him if You Can: A Burlesque -- 25.Farewell, My Country -- 26.Down and Out in Paris and London -- 27.Confessions of a Justified Sinner -- 28.The Fall of the Houses of Valois and Bourbon -- 29.Madness, Sadness, Poverty -- 30.Flashes in the Crystal: A Conclusion
Control code
000053039027
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781848549982
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)889547061
Label
How to ruin a queen : Marie Antoinette, the stolen diamonds and the scandal that shook the French throne, Jonathan Beckman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-370) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Contents
Contents note: 1.Princess in Rags -- 2.The Man Who Never Grew Up -- 3.Faith, Hope and Charity -- 4.Antoinette Against Versailles -- 5.In My Lady's Chamber -- 6.Notes on a Scandal -- 7.To Play the Queen -- 8.Diamonds and Best Friends -- 9.The Greatest Man in Europe: An Interlude -- 10.Follow the Money -- 11.Days of Reckoning -- 12.`I Will Pay for Everything' -- 13.Arresting Developments -- 14.Hotel Bastille -- 15.Witness Protection -- 16.Tired and Emotional -- 17.Nicolas Abroad: A Picaresque -- 18.Questions, Questions -- 19.Cheek to Cheek, Toe to Toe -- 20.An Extraordinary Rendition -- 21.The Truth Will Out -- 22.In the Gossip Factory -- 23.Judgement Day -- 24.Catch Him if You Can: A Burlesque -- 25.Farewell, My Country -- 26.Down and Out in Paris and London -- 27.Confessions of a Justified Sinner -- 28.The Fall of the Houses of Valois and Bourbon -- 29.Madness, Sadness, Poverty -- 30.Flashes in the Crystal: A Conclusion
Control code
000053039027
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781848549982
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)889547061

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