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

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

by Joan DeJean

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From the author of How Paris Became Paris, a sweeping history of high finance, the origins of high fashion, and a pair of star-crossed lovers in 18th-century France.

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. The Queen's Embroiderer is both a story of star-crossed love in the most beautiful city in the world and a cautionary tale of greed and the dangerous lure of windfall profits. And every bit of it is true.

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ISBN-13: 9781632864765
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 76,649
File size: 80 MB
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About the Author

Joan DeJean has been Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania since 1988. She previously taught at Yale and at Princeton. She is the author of eleven books on French literature, history, and material culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including most recently How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City (2014); The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual--and the Modern Home Began (2009); The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour (2005). She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, around the corner from the house where, in 1612, this story began.
Joan DeJean is Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of ten books on French literature, history, and material culture, including most recently The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual and the Modern Home Began and The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, on the street where the number 4 bus began service on July 5, 1662.

Table of Contents

Magoulet Family Tree viii

Map of Paris in the Early 18th Century x

Timeline xiii

How This Began xv

Chapter 1 The Queen's Embroiderers 1

Chapter 2 Star-Crossed 10

Chapter 3 Upward Mobility 1: Salt and Taxes The Chevrots: 1604-1698 20

Chapter 4 Upward Mobility 2: Purveyors to the Crown The Magoulets; 1638-1678 36

Chapter 5 Salad Days The Magoulets: 1679-1698 52

Chapter 6 Annual Income, Annual Expenditure The Magoulets: 1677-1691 61

Chapter 7 Secrets and Lies The Magoulets: 1692-1704 78

Chapter 8 A Person of Consequence The Chevrots: 1692-1708 96

Chapter 9 The Great Winter The Chevrots: 1708-1716 106

Chapter 10 The Deadly Years The Magoulets: 1706-1718 118

Chapter 11 The Gold Rush Jean Magoulet: 1718-1719 136

Chapter 12 The Invention of Money Louise Magoulet Louis Chevrot: 1319 145

Chapter 13 Personation Clément Magoullet: 1669-1719 166

Chapter 14 "The Incredible Madness of the 20th Year of the Eighteenth Century" Louise Magoulet Louis Chevrot: 1320 179

Chapter 15 Aftershocks Everyone: 1721-1723 195

Chapter 16 Total Eclipse Everyone: 1323-1324 210

Chapter 17 "A Diabolical Person" Clément Magoullet: December 1724-May 15, 1732 228

Chapter 18 The Remains of the Day The Chevrots: 1725-1736 239

Chapter 19 The Prince's Embroiderer, The Prince's Designer The Magoulets: 1728-1761 254

Chapter 20 The King's Prosecutors Louise Magoulet: 1729-? 276

Aftermath 283

Chapter 21 To the Islands Marie Magoulet: Early 1740s-1848 285

Chapter 22 A Royal Wedding The Magoulets: 1717-1790 292

Chapter 23 The Noise of Time The Chevrots: 1736-1790 301

Afterword A Father's Love 316

Coda The Bourbons 318

Acknowledgments 321

Appendix: Price Index 325

Notes 327

Archival Documents Consulted 337

Bibliography 347

Illustration Credits 355

Index 359

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