HowToRuinAQueen

The Main Characters


Jeanne’s Family
Jeanne de Saint-Rémy, comtesse de La Motte-Valois, an
adventuress

Jacques de Saint-Rémy, her father
Marie Jossell, her mother
Jacques de Saint-Rémy fils, her brother
Marianne de Saint-Rémy, her sister
Marguerite de Saint-Rémy, her sister
Marquise de Boulainvilliers, Jeanne’s benefactress
Marquis de Boulainvilliers, her husband

Jeanne

The Rohan
Louis, Cardinal de Rohan, prince-bishop of Strasbourg and grand almoner of France
Prince de Soubise, his uncle
Comtesse de Marsan, his aunt
Abbé Georgel, Rohan’s vicar-general
Baron de Planta, Rohan’s major-domo

                

  the Cardinal

The Habsburgs
Maria Theresa, archduchess of Austria, queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Holy Roman Empress and mother of Marie Antoinette                                                                              
Joseph II, her son, Holy Roman Emperor and co-regent

 

The House of Bourbon
Louis XVI, king of France
Comte de Provence, his brother
Comte d’Artois, his brother
Madame Elisabeth, known simply as Madame, his sister
Louis XV, his grandfather and predecessor
Madame du Barry, Louis XV’s mistress

 

Servants of the Crown
Duc de Choiseul, Louis XV’s chief minister
Duc d’Aiguillon, foreign minister after Choiseul’s dismissal
Comte de Calonne, minister of finance
Baron de Breteuil, minister of the king’s household
Comte de Vergennes, foreign minister
Maréchal de Castries, minister of the navy
Marquis de Miromesnil, keeper of the seals

 

The Queen’s Circle
Marie Antoinette, queen of France
Princesse de Lamballe, a favourite
Duchesse de Polignac, another favourite
Madame Campan, a femme de chambre
Comte de Mercy-Argenteau, Austrian ambassador to the French Court
Abbé de Vermond, reader to the queen and a trusted counsellor

 

Jeanne’s Circle
Jacques Beugnot, a lawyer
Nicolas de La Motte, a soldier, later husband to Jeanne
Rétaux de Villette, a messmate of Nicolas
Rosalie Brissault, Jeanne’s chambermaid

Marie de La Tour, Jeanne’s niece
Père Nicolas Loth, a Minim friar

 

The English Connection
Chevalier O’Neil, a friend of Nicolas
Barthélemy Macdermott, a Capuchin monk
Nathaniel Jefferys, a jeweller
William Gray, another jeweller
Costa, also known as François Benevent, a language tutor and spy
D’Arragon, a secretary at the French Embassy
Comte d’Adhémar, French ambassador to Great Britain
Charles Théveneau de Morande, a muckraking journalist

 

The Jewellers
Charles Boehmer, a Parisian jeweller, also crown jeweller and jeweller to the queen
Paul Bassenge, his partner
Louis-François Achet, a lawyer and friend of Bassenge
Jean-Baptiste Laporte, Achet’s son-in-law, another lawyer
Claude Baudard de Sainte-James, a financier

 

The Suspects
Nicole le Guay, later the Baronne d’Oliva, a prostitute with a
resemblance to Marie Antoinette

Toussaint de Beausire, her lover
Comte de Cagliostro, an alchemist and savant
Seraphina, his wife

Nicole le Guay
 

The Law Officers
Marquis de Launay, governor of the Bastille
Louis Thiroux de Crosne, lieutenant-general of the Paris Police
Quidor, a police inspector
Etienne François d’Aligre, chief magistrate of the parlement of Paris

François-Louis Joly de Fleury, procureur-général of the parlement of Paris
Pierre Laurencel, Fleury’s deputy
Maximilien Titon de Villotran, one of the investigating magistrates
Dupuis de Marcé, the other investigating magistrate

 

Lawyers
Guy-Jean-Baptiste Target, Rohan’s lawyer
Maître Doillot, Jeanne’s lawyer

Target

  

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