The Affair of the Diamond Necklace was the eighteenth century's most notorious heist—and for good reason. It's a dramatic story of lust, theft, betrayal, and ultimately, the fall of the freaking Queen of France.

The players in this con included Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, a sly con-woman named Jeanne de la Motte, her gigolo-forger boyfriend, and the dumbest cardinal of all time. Mix them all together, add an absurdly expensive piece of jewelry, and you have yourself the scandal of the 18th century.

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Note: We incorrectly identify Louis XVI as Louis XV's son when he is in fact his grandson. Our apologies and thanks to a listener for pointing this error out!

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