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The Queen's embroiderer : a true story of Paris, lovers, swindlers, and the first stock market crisis / Joan DeJean.

Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
vii, 375 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
The Queen's embroiderers -- Star-crossed -- Upward mobility.1: Salt and taxes: The Chevrots: 1604-1698 -- Upward Mobility.2: Purveyors To the crown: The Magoulets: 1638-1678 -- Salad days: The Magoulets: 1679-1698 -- Annual income, annual expenditure: The Magoulets: 1677-1691 -- Secrets and lies: The Magoulets: 1692-1704 -- A person of consequence: The Chevrots: 1692-1708 -- The great winter: The Chevrots: 1708-1716 -- The deadly years: The Magoulets: 1705-1719 -- The gold rush: Jean Magoulet: 1718-1719 -- The invention of money: Louise Magoulet And Louis Chevrot: 1719 -- Clement Magoulet: 1669-1719 -- "The incredible madness of the 20th year of the eighteenth century": Louise Magoulet And Louis Chevrot: 1720 -- Aftershocks: everyone: 1721-1723 -- Total eclipse: everyone: 1723-1724 -- "A diabolical person": Clement Magoulet: December 1724-May 15, 1732 -- The remains of the day: The Chevrots: 1725-1736 -- Embroiderer to the princes, designer to the princes: The Magoulets: 1728-1761 -- The King's prosecutors: Louise Magoulet: 1729-? -- To the islands: Marie Magoulet: early 1740s-1848 -- A royal wedding: The Magoulets: 1717-1827 -- The noise of time: The Chevrots: 1736-1790.


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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 marriagesfor 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.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Jean Magoulet: 1718-1719Louise Magoulet and Louis Chevrot: 1319Clément Magoullet: 1669-1719Louise Magoulet and Louis Chevrot: 1320Clément Magoullet: December 1724-May 15, 1732Louise Magoulet: 1729-?Marie Magoulet: Early 1740s-1848
Magoulet Family Treep. viii
Map of Paris in the Early 18th Centuryp. x
Timelinep. xiii
How This Beganp. xv
Chapter 1 The Queen's Embroiderersp. 1
Chapter 2 Star-Crossedp. 10
Chapter 3 Upward Mobility 1: Salt and Taxes The Chevrots: 1604-1698p. 20
Chapter 4 Upward Mobility 2: Purveyors to the Crown The Magoulets; 1638-1678p. 36
Chapter 5 Salad Days The Magoulets: 1679-1698p. 52
Chapter 6 Annual Income, Annual Expenditure The Magoulets: 1677-1691p. 61
Chapter 7 Secrets and Lies The Magoulets: 1692-1704p. 78
Chapter 8 A Person of Consequence The Chevrots: 1692-1708p. 96
Chapter 9 The Great Winter The Chevrots: 1708-1716p. 106
Chapter 10 The Deadly Years The Magoulets: 1706-1718p. 118
Chapter 11 The Gold Rushp. 136
Chapter 12 The Invention of Moneyp. 145
Chapter 13 Personationp. 166
Chapter 14 "The Incredible Madness of the 20th Year of the Eighteenth Century"p. 179
Chapter 15 Aftershocks Everyone: 1721-1723p. 195
Chapter 16 Total Eclipse Everyone: 1323-1324p. 210
Chapter 17 "A Diabolical Person"p. 228
Chapter 18 The Remains of the Day The Chevrots: 1725-1736p. 239
Chapter 19 The Prince's Embroiderer, The Prince's Designer The Magoulets: 1728-1761p. 254
Chapter 20 The King's Prosecutorsp. 276
Aftermathp. 283
Chapter 21 To the Islandsp. 285
Chapter 22 A Royal Wedding The Magoulets: 1717-1790p. 292
Chapter 23 The Noise of Time The Chevrots: 1736-1790p. 301
Afterword A Father's Lovep. 316
Coda The Bourbonsp. 318
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Appendix: Price Indexp. 325
Notesp. 327
Archival Documents Consultedp. 337
Bibliographyp. 347
Illustration Creditsp. 355
Indexp. 359