Posts Tagged ‘Affair of the Necklace’

A new blog on the Affair of the Necklace

It is titled The Queen’s Diamonds. All right, the diamonds of the famous necklace were never Marie-Antoinette’s, but they were so closely associated with her by public opinion that the name is appropriate. The necklace itself became known as the Queen’s Necklace. Elizabeth begins with portraits of some of the main characters, and she confesses […]



Queen s Necklace Mossiker

The Queen’s Necklace, by Frances Mossiker

Before reading this book, I thought I had a fairly good knowledge of the infamous Affair of the Necklace. Here goes the story: the Cardinal Louis de Rohan, Grand Almoner of France, Prince of the House of Rohan, was one of the most prominent courtiers in Versailles. As Grand Almoner, he was in charge of […]



The Affair of the Necklace

On August 15, 1785, the “Affair of the Necklace” broke upon France, just as Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were about to attend the Mass of the Assumption, the patronal solemnity of the realm. Cardinal Louis de Rohan, who was supposed to offer the Mass, was publicly arrested in his pontifical robes for his part in […]