The Diamond by Julie Baumgold

The Diamond: A NovelThe Diamond: A Novel by Julie Baumgold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the story of the Regent diamond, one of the biggest in the world, which belonged to William Pitt’s grandfather, Louis XIV, Luis XV, Louis XVI, and Napoleon.

This diamond was discovered in India in the end of the seventeenth century and was bought by the governor of the East India Company, Thomas Pitt.

It was his son who brought it to London where a Jewish diamond cutter took two years in order to shape it in one the greatest gems that ever existed.

The narrator of this story is the Count Las Cases who starts to write the Diamond’s story while he was living on Saint Helena where he was writing the memoirs of Napoleon exiled life.

Detail of Napoleon’s portrait with sword:

Nederlands: Napoleon, Keizer der Fransen. File...

Nederlands: Napoleon, Keizer der Fransen. File:Francois Gerard – Napoleon Ier en costume du Sacre.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


As a historical background, the reader can follow the French revolution period, the death of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Napoleon’s coronation as emperor of the new empire and his marriage with Josephine and later on, with Marie Louise.

The Regent Diamond is now safely displayed in the Louvre.

As a first novel, a delightful reading by Julie Baumgold.


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