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

Author: Jonathan Beckman
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison.
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Named Person: Louis-René-Édouard Rohan-Guémené, prince de; Marie Antoinette, Queen consort of Louis XVI King of France; Marie Antoinette, Queen consort of Louis XVI King of France; Louis-René-Édouard Rohan-Guémené, prince de
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Beckman
ISBN: 030682356X 9780306823565 9781848549999 1848549997
OCLC Number: 890613853
Awards: Winner of Somerset Maugham Awards 2014 (UK)
Short-listed for American Library in Paris Award 2014 (UK)
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Dramatis Personae; Prologue: Before the Law; 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 Toe20. 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; Acknowledgements; Illustration Credits; Notes; Note on the Sources; Bibliography; Index.
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