Mossiker Frances - The Queen's necklace

Author : Mossiker Frances
Title : The Queen's necklace
Year : 1961

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Introduction. The diamond necklace affair ? The Queen's necklace? L'Affaire du Collier? Nearly everyone remembers vaguely, remembers something, sometime heard, somewhere read ... Was it Dumas? Carlyle? A biography of Marie Antoinette? A film? A textbook on European history? No history of France ever fails to mention it-it is a chapter unto itself in many-the incident that set off, sparked the French Revolution, giving definition and direction to the new world trend toward democracy and republicanism. Napoleon's eagle eye fastened upon it almost as soon as it happened "The Queen's death must be dated from the Diamond Necklace Trial." And Talleyrand, with statesman's acuity : "Watch out for this diamond necklace business. It may well rock the throne of France." Not the cause. The causes, deep down, rumbling, had been already present for generations. The only question was, in Carlyle's words, "Through what crack ... what crevice, what crater will the French explosion carry itself ?" That of the diamond necklace affair, as contemporaries analyzed and subsequent historians endorsed-the diamond necklace affair, to the French Revolution what the Boston Tea Party was to our own. ...

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