During the reign of Henry IV, Sancy was made Minister of Finance in France. King Henry IV then borrowed the diamond to use as collateral to finance only one of the many wars this diamond has seen. In the days before FedEx, a messenger had to be sent to deliver the diamond to the King. That messenger never reached the court. He was followed by thieves en route who murdered him in search of the treasure they knew him to be carrying. It would not be an uncommon story if the messenger had run off with the diamond himself, reporting his own murder back to the French court to cover his tracks. Luckily, Sancy believed the messenger was loyal and had a search made for the man… or the man’s body. When the man was discovered, no diamond was found on the messenger.
Sancy refused to give up. The search for the diamond continued over the area where the body was last seen. The King’s men policed the area and the diamond was finally found. Strangely, it just wasn’t found in the area or ON the messenger.
The diamond was actually found in the messenger’s stomach. The loyal man had swallowed a 55.23ct diamond to prevent the thieves from finding it!
If you like adventure tales containing historical treasure, then you will love this thriller. I encourage you to do your digging into the past and read more about the rest of this diamond’s many bedtime stories.