August 11, 1784. The day a prostitute takes Marie-Antoinette’s place

The park of Versailles is bathed in darkness. The moon has not yet risen. Two shadows slip into the grove of Venus. They are Cardinal de Rohan and a woman calling herself the Countess of La Motte-Valois. It is August 11, 1784. Hidden in the dark, the couple waits. Man is impatient to meet the object of his desires. The Countess, who is his obliging mistress, knows how to find soothing words to calm the cardinal’s impatience. The minutes tick by, endless. Finally, at the first light of the moon, they see approaching a young woman dressed in …

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