- Tapa blanda: 400 páginas
- Editor: John Murray Publishers Ltd (23 de abril de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1848549970
- ISBN-13: 978-1848549975
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How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal that Shook the French Throne (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 23 abr 2015
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Vivid and compelling * History Revealed * Fast-paced, colourful and rich * The Economist * A gem . . . glistening with wit and insight * Sunday Telegraph * As gripping as a heist movie * Mail on Sunday * Jonathan Beckman skilfully unfolds the intricacies and absurdities of this extraordinary episode . . . Beckman provides us with an engaging and finely researched study of an affair that, despite having the plot of a frothy operetta, was of genuine historical significance * Literary Review * Gripped me like a whodunit . . . Beckman tells this scarcely believable story with flair * The Times * In his intriguing history, Jonathan Beckman has spun out of this dirty tangle of source material a clear and compelling narrative line . . . with its exuberant use of language and subtly ironic storytelling, it is almost as colourful as the scandal it explores * Sunday Times * Fascinating . . . a gripping detective story and a witty revelation of a scandal that shocked Paris * BBC History Magazine * A hell of a tale and Jonathan Beckman gives it all the verve and swagger it deserves . . . I read it with fascination, delight and frequent snorts of incredulity - and I strongly suspect you will too * The Spectator * A rollicking whodunit * Independent * Necklace to neckless! This is the murky tale of the diamond heist that led to Marie Antoinette's demise * Tatler * A murky story of the Ancien Regime including diamonds and sex, brilliantly told * Lady Antonia Fraser * How to Ruin a Queen is a fascinating and impeccably researched account of one of the great scandals of the 18th century. Beckman is a master-storyteller whose consummate skills are evident on every page * Amanda Foreman * A work of scholarship and imagination, that focusses new light on the famous and extraordinary affair of Marie Antoinette and the stolen diamonds. The narrative is like an ingenious chess game showing us the complex moves of bishops, knights and pawns round the king and queen. Jonathan Beckman is the new Wilkie Collins of biographical history * Michael Holroyd * Beckman's diligent detective work uncovers the murky truth behind this cause celebre * Mail on Sunday * Stranger than fiction but just as gripping, How to Ruin a Queen is a masterly exploration of the 'diamond necklace' affair * Hilary Mantel * Beckman has waded through masses of evidence from the trial to retell this fascinating and complicated story * Irish Daily Mail * Gripped me like a whodunnit . . . That's not surprising. It relates the story of the greatest crime caper of the 18th Century * The Times * Beckman has waded through masses of evidence from the trial to retell this fascinating and complicated story * Daily Mail * Beckman's tale of the Diamond Necklace Affair is full of character and tawdry details, and glistens with wit and insight * Daily Telegraph * A richly enjoyable account of one of the most audacious scams ever perpetrated * Mail on Sunday * Jonathan Beckman dazzlingly rehabilitates Marie Antoinette in an atmospheric and evocative account of diamonds, fraud, intrigue and a 1785 case that stoked antiroyalist feeling in France * Telegraph Books of the Year * A wonderfully enjoyable account of one of the most audacious cons ever perpetrated * John Preston, Evening Standard Books of the Year * Jonathan Beckman tells his complicated tale with gusto * Observer * Jonathan Beckman has tunnelled into the warren of misinformation . . . and has come out with what must be as near to the truth as we'll get * Daily Mail * Stranger than fiction and told with a verve that suggests the author relishes his dodgy tale * Country Life * A really fascinating history * Dan Stevens * Jonathan Beckman has an eye for a good story. His account of the affair is full of human drama, including illicit sex, assassination attempts and prison escapes . . . a superb piece of research that separates myth from reality * Sunday Business Post * Glittering and gloriously goofy . . . This is a terrific tale, told with assurance and gusto * Guardian *
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'A hell of a tale and Jonathan Beckman gives it all the verve and swagger it deserves . . . I read it with fascination, delight and frequent snorts of incredulity' The Spectator 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.Ver Descripción del producto
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What unfolds is really a sordid affair; of thwarted ambition, revenge, debt, deception and a longing for attention. One of the most central characters was Jeanne de Saint Remy, a young woman who had a deeply unhappy childhood. Told that she was descended from royalty, her family’s wealth decimated and abandoned by her mother, Jeanne felt a deep resentment at her poverty and dependence on benefactors. After making a much repented marriage to Nicolas de la Motte, she headed for Versaille to try to reclaim her family lands. “Everyone at Versaille was waiting – for a promotion, for as assignation, for an increased stipend or a favour for a relative. The La Mottes joined the queue,” remarks the author. However, the queue was extremely long and there was little interest in another impoverished claimant. Even when Jeanne attempted a fainting fit in front of Marie Antoinette, it elicited no response. Yet, Jeanne felt that she should have been given a sympathetic shoulder on which to cry and, more than that, she wanted financial help. It is fair to say that no money would have been enough for the La Mottes – the couple lived in virtual poverty, yet constantly begged and borrowed to keep up appearances. Considering their income, the amount that Jeanne managed to spend, and her audacity, was breathtaking.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Louis de Rohan was also resentful. The Rohan family were at the pinnacle of French society and Cardinal Rohan felt that he should be promoted to chief minister. However, Marie Antoinette’s dislike made life uncomfortable for him at Court and, he felt, thwarted his career prospects. Jeanne suggested that she should act as an intermediary between Rohan and the queen and restore him in her estimation. Was Rohan so desperate that he was willing to believe this claim? Jeanne informed Rohan that the queen wished him to partake a delicate mission for her; to buy a diamond necklace from jewellers Boehmer and Bassenge. This incredibly expensive necklace had, in fact, been offered to the queen before and she had refused it. Yet, the real problem here was that everyone was so desperate that they were willing to believe the charade. The jewellers were desperate to sell the necklace, Cardinal Rohan was willing to undergo almost anything to gain good relations with the queen and Jeanne was desperate for the attention and wealth she felt was her due. This book uncovers all the characters and events which led up to the purchase of a necklace which the queen claimed she had never asked for. Was Rohan really duped or was it a scheme to pay off his debts? Was Rohan really the victim?
As the crime is uncovered, the consequences would be far reaching and possibly turned the public opinion more against Marie Antoinette than it had been previously. Whether it led to the French Revolution is an over simplification of events, but it certainly damaged her reputation. The investigation, the trial in 1786 and what happened to all the people involved is fascinating to read. This is history at its most readable – well researched, detailed, but also very well laid out. The author makes a complicated story easy to follow and I found it a good retelling of this, very important, historical event – the consequence of which were far reaching and so damaging for Marie Antoinette .
Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.
I find the book slow and tedious in the beginning and it did not pick up until the crime has committed. Too many details stifle the pace of the story.