More than two centuries after Marie Antoinette’s death, experts confirmed earlier this week that the icon of France history was cheating on her husband.
透過現代科技，以X光照射，可以看到瑪麗王后與瑞典伯爵Axel von Fersen往來書信塗鴉表層下的內容，證實他們的確曾暗通款曲。
The rumor of her affair with Count Axel von Fersen was eventually confirmed by scanning some scribbled-over letters with state-of-the-art x-ray technology.
The correspondence by the queen and the count who organized her aborted Flight to Varennes (20–21 June 1791) during which King Louis XVI of France, his queen Marie Antoinette, and their immediate family unsuccessfully attempted to escape from Paris in order to initiate a counter-revolution.
自1877年，伯爵的一位外甥發現了這些信件，原稿上多了一層潦草的隨筆不禁令人懷疑Axel de Fersen伯爵與瑪麗王后之間的關係。
Since 1877 – when a grand-nephew of the Count revealed the existence of these letters – scribbled-over passages had cast doubt on the nature of the relationship between the queen and Axel von Fersen.
法國文物保存研究中心和「遺產文化」實驗室攜手合作，開始「Rec II 計畫」，破解15封信件的其中八封，成功揭開這位傳奇王后的謎底。
By deciphering eight of the fifteen letters, the Rex II program, directed by the French Conservation Research Centre (CRC) and the “Heritage and Cultural Dynamics” laboratory (DYPAC), successfully unraveled the mystery.
The new scanner identified some elements contained in the inks of the letters without the need for sampling. As the initial ink and the ink used on top to cross out the text are different, the scanner eventually revealed the underlying text.
“I live only to love you,” Marie-Antoinette told the Count of Fersen.
The Count of Fersen declared his love to the queen without hesitation: “I love you madly. (…) To see you, to love you, to comfort you is all I desire.”
The question is who wished to conceal certain names in these love letters. According to scientists, the ink used by Fersen and the ink of scribbled-over sections have many components in common.
It is therefore likely that the Swedish count himself concealed his name, probably to ensure that the letters would not harm the queen. Madly in love, yes, but careful.