Book Hour: How to Ruin a Queen – Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair


This is a true story set prior to the French Revolution. It entails a scheming woman, her compliant husband, and a devious friend used fraud and deceit to manipulate an amoral and ambitious Cardinal Rohan. Their deceit attracted a lavish and unsupportable lifestyle and one of the greatest cons in history: the Diamond Necklace Affair. The con eventually outraged the French citizenry and contributed to the downfall of blameless (in this case) Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The inevitable court trial suspended disbelief and extended the remarkable character arcs. You will be amazed.

Guest: Jonathan Beckman
Learn More at: Perseus Books Group

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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.