Madame du BarryMadame du Barry 1743 - 1793 “Encore un moment!” David Bowie once said, “The pretty things are going to Hell.” The beautiful Madame du Barry earned the characteristics of being patient and religious in a scandalous life. Born an illegitimate daughter of a seamstress and a friar, she worked as a milliner’s assistant. She attracted the attention of Jean du Barry, a Gascon nobleman, and he soon made her his mistress. He introduced her into Parisian high society, where she became very successful. But later, she became the mistress of Louis XV and lived a royal life that made her a sensation in Paris and shaped her into a more proper and classified woman. Madame du Barry was one of the more ﬂamboyant personalities of her time and had a love for gifts. Two royal jewelers knowing her passion for diamonds, made a necklace Louis XV could not refuse for her. Things got complicated for the jewelers when Louis XV died from smallpox before it was purchased. The necklace triggered a scandal in which Queen Antoinette was wrongly accused of bribing the Archbishop of Stransbourg to purchase it for her. These accusations would figure prominently in the onset of the French Revolution. People got upset that a great deal of money was being spent on a necklace when there were people starving. Without Madame du Barry to create this diamond necklace for, the entire “Affair of the Diamond Necklace” would probably have never unfolded. Her life came
to an end when she was beheaded for being suspected of financially assisting someone who had ﬂed the French Revolution.