The Diamond Necklace; Being the True Story of Marie-Antoinette and the Cardinal de Rohan

The Diamond Necklace; Being the True Story of Marie-Antoinette and the Cardinal de Rohan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... the queen, he entertained a high idea of her influence. On the 29th November, 1784, as they were talking in the drawing-room of the Rue Neuve-SaintGilles, and the conversation turned to jewellery, Laporte said to Jeanne, without appearing to attach much importance to his words, "that since she was in such great favour with her Majesty, she might really try to facilitate to the poor jewellers, Bohmer and Bassenge, the sale of their necklace. It was a heavy burden to these merchants to have so long on their hands an article of such value." "And have you seen this necklace?" asked Mtne. de la Motte. "Yes; and it is really a marvel," replied Laporte. "The jewellers of the crown have worked at it for years; and if it were only a question of the value of the stones, it would be a treasure." He offered to bring the Bohmers with their necklace to see her. Mme. de la Motte accepted. la the first days of December, the father-in-law, Achet, said on his side to the jewellers, "that his son-in-law knew a countess who had access to the queen," and the jewellers replied "that they would give a thousand louis to any one who would find a purchaser for the necklace." Now Laporte was eaten up with debt. Cardinal Rohan was at this time in Alsace. Achet and Bassenge arrived, according to their promise, at Rue Neuve-Saint-Gilles on the 29th December with the precious treasure; and it was opened before Jeanne. What a surprise! What a sparkling of luminous points playing at the angles of the limpid stones; thousands and thousands of little multicoloured flames darting like flashes of lightning and called forth by the slightest movement. The cardinal came back from Saverne on the 3d January, 1785. On 23d...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520653
  • 9781236520654