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The Queen's Necklace

Antal Szerb

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ISBN 10: 1906548080 / ISBN 13: 9781906548087
Published by Pushkin Press, 2010
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Queen's Necklace

Publisher: Pushkin Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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This book revisits the story of Marie Antoinette s necklace in order to present a portrait of the age. In August 1785 Paris buzzed with a scandal that had everything an eminent churchman, a female fraudster, a part-time prostitute and the hated Queen herself. Its centrepiece was the most expensive diamond necklace ever assembled, and the tangle of fraud, folly, blindness and self-delusion it provoked. The humiliation the affair brought on the royal family contributed to their appalling deaths in the Revolution just four years later. In this unusual, witty and often surprising version of the story, the great Hungarian novelist Antal Szerb takes the narrative as a standpoint from which to survey the entire age including aspects of it seldom considered by more orthodox historians. The author s vast knowledge is worn very lightly and the book teems with amusing anecdotes, but it is at heart a deeply personal work, a remarkable gesture of defiance against the brutal world in which it was written.

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