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Award-winning author Jonathan Beckman tells of political machinations and enormous extravagance.

In 1785 a sensational trial began in Paris that would divide the country and captivate Europe. A leading Catholic cardinal and scion of one of the most distinguished families in France stood accused of forging the queen’s signature to obtain the most expensive piece of jewelry in Europe: a 2,800-carat diamond necklace. Where were the diamonds? Was the cardinal innocent? Was, for that matter, the queen? The revelations from the trial would bedevil the French monarchy as the country descended into a bloody revolution.

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  • “With its exuberant use of language and subtly ironic storytelling, it is almost as colorful as the scandal it unfolds.”

    Sunday Times

  • “A book that can be read again and again, each reading providing another layer of understanding.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Page’s brusque narration of political and monetary schemes aids listeners as they follow the mystery, complex relationships, Court intrigue, and a failing French monarchy. Page fluently switches between French, German, and English while recounting this complex history of theft, scandal, and fiscal mismanagement.”


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About the Author

Jonathan Beckman is senior editor of Literary Review. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of London. His writing has appeared in numerous British publications, including the Observer, Times Literary Supplement, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Spectator, New Statesman, and Independent. In 2010 he won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for nonfiction. He lives in London.