affair of the necklace

Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois and Adrien Brody as Nicolas de la Motte in The Affair of the Necklace (2001).

Will Herondale watching everyone from above.
  • Jace: I'm Jace Wayland
  • Will: No bruh
  • Clary: I'm Clary Fray
  • Will: No, you're Clary Fairchild. Respect your dear ancestor, Charlotte.
  • Alec: Who the hell is Will? Another affair?
  • Will: *dies again of laughter*
  • Isabel: It's said this necklace came into our family through vampires.
  • Will: Actually Magnus gave it to me and I gave it to my sister. Get it right, Lightworm.
  • Jace: I'm Jace Morgenstern.
  • Will: Stop it! You're a Herondale! Remember that fear of ducks you mentioned? MINE.
  • Jem: *Is cured of the Yin fen*
  • Will: *crying* Finally you can live your life after 130 years! Now go marry Tessa and name a child after me!
  • Jace: I think I'm gonna be Jace Lightwood from here on out.
  • Will: YOU ARE NOT A LIGHTWORM. Say it with me HER-ON-DALE. TESSA HELP ME.
  • Tessa: Give this ring to Jace.
  • Clary: I like the sound of Clary Herondale (Okay, not really, but I want to marry you, Jace)
  • Jace: I'm taking on the Herondale name!
  • Will: Well it's about time!
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The Fearlessness pendant is like a tattoo. Wearers seem to infuse it with a real power or significance, which in turn gives strength to the wearer. It’s like a way to manifest the reality of courage—or a way for a survivor to embrace her courage, to acknowledge it.

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A selection of women to play Marie Antoinette in film:

Norma Shearer (Marie Antoinette, 1938)

Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette, 2006)

Ute Lemper (L'Autrichienne, 1990)

Christine Böhm (Lady Oscar, 1979)

Charlotte de Turckheim (Jefferson in Paris, 1995)

Raphaëlle Agogué (Louis XVI: l'homme qui ne voulait pas être roi, 2011)

Diane Kruger (Farewell My Queen, 2012)

Jane Seymour (La Revolution Francaise, 1989)

Karinne Vanasse (Marie Antoinette: La Veritable Histoire, 2006)

Joely Richardson (The Affair of the Necklace, 2001)

For my history buffs, you know the Diamond Necklace Affair with Marie Antoinette? Ok, so in the beginning of that whole fiasco, the jewelers who made the damn thing and whose reputations were ruined later were Boehmer and Bassenge in Paris.

Now that guy Boehmer, he had a wife named Renaud.
And guess who slept with her behind Boehmer’s back?

Casanova.

HE’S APPEARS AT THESE AWKWARDLY AMAZING MOMENTS AND IT KILLS ME.

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Dress: Foxes

Earrings: Bubble

Eyeliner: Izzie’s

Eyes: Ikon

Lipstick: Arte

Mesh body: Maitreya

Mesh head: Catwa

Mesh head applier: Glam Affair

Necklace: Amala

Piercing: Amala

A few people asked for the list of films set in 18th century France I plan to watch… right now I’m focusing on films which are in English or have English subtitles and are available on DVD or streaming. (Hence no L'Autrichienne or Madame du Barry with Dolores Del Rio.)

* denotes a film I’ve already watched in full

Madame du Barry (1919)*
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Scaramouche (1923)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)*
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
La Marseillaise (1938)
Marie Antoinette (1938)*
The Black Book (1949)
Scaramouche (1952)*
Dangerous Exile (1958)
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
The Wild Child (1970)
Lady Oscar (1979)
The Rose of Versailles (1979) (TV Series)
La nuit de Varennes (1982)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
Danton (1983)*
Dangerous Liasons (1988)*
La Revolution Francaise* (1989)*
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Ridicule (1996)
Let Them Eat Cake (1999) (TV series)
Quills (2000)*
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
The Lady and the Duke (2001)*
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)*
Marie Antoinette (2006)*
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Versailles Film Trio (Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI) (2008-2011)
Farewell, My Queen (2012)*

If anyone has any additions (in English or with English subtitles) please do share!

In honour of Mother’s Day, here is one of my favourite portraits of a mother and her children!

It was painted in 1787 by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist. It was intended to help restore the Queen’s damaged reputation following the infamous “Affair of the Necklace”, depicting her as the mother of the Children of France. She wears no necklace and her large jewel cabinet is closed behind her, her only jewellery a simple bracelet and earrings. It has echoes of the story of Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, who presented her children when asked to present her true treasures. Louis XVI himself was very pleased with it and praised Madame Le Brun for the portrait. She wrote in her memoirs that he said to her “I know nothing about painting, but you make me like it.”

It originally depicted her with all four of her children, but her youngest daughter, Princess Sophie, died before the portrait was completed. She was originally portrayed lying in the cradle but was painted out after her death, leaving her elder brother Louis Joseph pointing at the empty space she’d occupied, a poignant reminder of the loss of the little girl. After Louis Joseph himself died in 1789, Marie Antoinette could no longer go through the room containing the portrait without crying, and asked for it to be taken away. Madame Lebrun would later write that she was convinced it was due to this request by the Queen that the portrait was preserved, as she was certain the mob who attacked Versailles would have destroyed it.

The portrait is currently on display at the Palace of Versailles once again, in the Antichambre du Grand Couvert, part of the Queen’s Apartments.