THE TRIAL OF MADAME CAILLAUX

Author: Berenson (Edward)
Year: 1942
Publisher: Univ. of California Press
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: NrF/NrF
ISBN: 0520073479
Price: 9.00
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Hardback. Early in the evening of March 16, 1914 Henriette Caillaux, the wife of a powerful French cabinet minister, paid an unexpected call to her husband's most implacable enemy, 'Le Figaro' editor Gaston Calmette. Mme Caillaux wore an expensive fur coat with a large fur muff to protect her hands from the wintry cold. Concealed inside the muff was a Browning automatic. After murmuring a few words, she drew her weapon and fired 6 shots at point-blank range. Calmette slumped to the floor, fatally wounded; office workers seized Mme Caillaux, smoking gun in hand. Four months later Henriette Caillaux stood accused of murder before the Paris 'Cour d'assises.' The date was July 20, 1914, just two weeks before Europe exploded into war. So mesmerising was the trial, that for seven long days the French press virtually ignored the looming conflict. As late as July 29, some 72 hours before France mobilised for war, several leading journals devoted more front-page space to the Caillaux Affair than to the hostilities abroad. The author tells the story of what was for commentators of the Belle Epoque "the trial of the century". Illus., Notes and Index. 296pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. f. in Nr. F. dw.

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