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The Sordid Tale Of The Woman Who Scammed Marie-Antoinette

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Portrait of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), Queen of France. This portrait was given by the Queen's confessor in 1781. Painting by Francois Hubert Drouais (1727-1775), 18th century. Private collection
Excerpted from Confident Women by Tori Telfer. Copyright 2021 by Tori Telfer. Published with permission from Harper Perennial and HarperCollins Publishers.
Once upon a time, the king of France decided to buy his lover the most beautiful diamond necklace in the world. The year was 1772. The king was the shy, awkward Louis XV, and his lover was Madame du Barry, whose flushed cheeks and milky...
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