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The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis

Written by Joan DeJean
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Paris, 1719. The stock market is surging and the world's first millionaires are buying everything in sight. Against this backdrop, two families, the Magoulets and the Chevrots, rose to prominence only to plummet in the first stock market crash. One family built its name on the burgeoning financial industry, the other as master embroiderers for Queen Marie-Thérèse and her husband, King Louis XIV. Both patriarchs were ruthless money-mongers, determined to strike it rich by arranging marriages for their children.

But in a Shakespearean twist, two of their children fell in love. To remain together, Louise Magoulet and Louis Chevrot fought their fathers' rage and abuse. A real-life heroine, Louise took on Magoulet, Chevrot, the police, an army regiment, and the French Indies Company to stay with the man she loved.

Following these families from 1600 until the Revolution of 1789, Joan DeJean recreates the larger-than-life personalities of Versailles, where displaying wealth was a power game; the sordid cells of the Bastille; the Louisiana territory, where Frenchwomen were forcibly sent to marry colonists; and the legendary "Wall Street of Paris," Rue Quincampoix, a world of high finance uncannily similar to what we know now.

• Hardback: 400 pages.

• Dimensions: 6.4" x 1.4" x 9.6"

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown" at Winterthur, October 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018.

Our inaugural "Eye on the Iconic" series debuts with a spectacular display featuring the replica coronation gown from the Netflix series The Crown, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. This replica dress is a true icon, created in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee!

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