The Affair of the Necklace Author:Elizabeth Hand The child Jeanne Valois lost her family, her home, and her fortune to the greed of an influential aristocrat. Now grown into a proud young woman of rare beauty and exceptional wiles, she has gained entrance to the court of Louis XVI and exquisite, reviled queen Marie Antoinette through an expedient marriage, seeking restitution for what was stol... more »en from her. But Jeanne de La Motte-Valois's entreaties have fallen on deaf royal ears, inflaming her desire for justice...and vengeance. In an era of excessive splendor, squalor, and cruelty, amid the myraid intrigues, both dangerous and erotic, that swirl around the powers of France, the brilliant stratagems of a woman wronged will eclipse all others -- as infamy, tragedy, and death loom in the shadows of a conspiracy that begins with a breathtaking vision of diamonds and gold...and ends with revolution.« less
If you are a Marie Antoinette fan you will like this book. The story is based on real people and events and implies that one woman was able to bring about the beginning of the revolution. I enjoyed reading it and was interested in learning more about this part of history after having read this fictional account.
Tells about the opposite side of the story that led to the demise of Queen Marie Antoinette....the lady behind the story of the "Affair of the Necklace". Very good, and going to try and find the movie next time i'm at Best Buy.
It was the bauble that shined brighter than all the jewels of Versailles and with it she helped bring down a Monarchy....
The true story of Jeanne Valois who lost her family, her home, and her fortune to the greed on an influential aristocrat. Now grown she has gained entrance to the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.