A Day in Her Life in February
February 1, 1785
Cardinal Rohan exchanges a forged contract for the costliest necklace on the Continent, launching a personal debacle for all involved in the scandal.
February 13, 1787
Count Vergennes, Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1774, dies. Louis XVI falls into a debilitating funk at the loss of a man whose advice he relied on regarding all affairs of State.
February 13 and 14, 1792
Axel von Fersen slips into the Tuileries Palace undetected to present a plan of escape for the king’s consideration. Louis rejects the idea but expresses his profound thanks to the Swedish count. Fersen embraces Marie Antoinette for one final time; they will never see one another again.
February 20, 1790
Marie Antoinette’s brother, Emperor Joseph II, dies of tuberculosis. He was the queen’s last solid link to her homeland.