Marie-Antoinette: The Last Queen of France

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A riveting new biography of the legendary French queen Family life in Vienna, the wedding at Versailles to Louis XVI, the French court, boredom, hypocrisy, loneliness, allies, enemies, extravagant entertainment, scandal, intrigue, sex, birth and bereavement, lovers, peasant riots, the fall of the Bastille, the attack on Versailles, confinement in the Tuileries, escape and capture, mob rule in Paris, imprisonment, the guillotine. Marie Antoinette is a biographer's dream, and Evelyne Lever's account of the life of ...
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Overview

A riveting new biography of the legendary French queen Family life in Vienna, the wedding at Versailles to Louis XVI, the French court, boredom, hypocrisy, loneliness, allies, enemies, extravagant entertainment, scandal, intrigue, sex, birth and bereavement, lovers, peasant riots, the fall of the Bastille, the attack on Versailles, confinement in the Tuileries, escape and capture, mob rule in Paris, imprisonment, the guillotine. Marie Antoinette is a biographer's dream, and Evelyne Lever's account of the life of the inimitable (and last) French queen is a sumptuous, addictive delight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641960550
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 11
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    Tragic...,

    Palace suspicions had kept her at arms length from the main events in France. <BR/>Marie Antoinette, the daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria (Empress of the Habsburg dynasty), was the victim of gutter press and the intrigues of ambitious lackeys, consequently was to take part of the blame that followed. <BR/>For example recent literature revealed she had never said `let the people eat cake if they don't have bread' - during the height of a bread shortage in Paris. The alleged quotation was magnified in the press to her detriment when the time for the Revolution came. <BR/><BR/>Cardinal de Rohan, France's Envoy to Austria, whose ambition to become France's Prime Minister had been blocked several times by Marie Antoinette {because some of the Cardinal's letters were intercepted in which he said he `bedded half the royal court of Austria"}. The Cardinal worked hard to tarnish Antoinette's image. <BR/>de Rohan propagated that the queen secretly sought to buy a necklace for two million Livres, but such accusation was never true. <BR/>During the trial the Cardinal was acquitted, and the Queen was condemned. <BR/><BR/>She was accused of amassing fortunes, jewels, wardrobe filled with myriads of latest fashions - extremely expensive dresses and hundreds of `shoes' -. <BR/>Her husband, King Louis XVI, whose optimism with the future of France only days before the July 14th deluge, was extremely feted as much for her magnificent presence as for his known weakness of characters. <BR/><BR/>As daughter of Maria Theresa, her fondness for France was in direct proportion to her natural love for Austria. The Queen carried soil from Vienna in a jewelled box and planted seeds in her garden. But politics and greed were indeed cruel to this young queen who married the King `boy' when she was only 14.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2001

    Interesting

    I am finding this book very interesting...It protrays what life was like at the french court...It give you a feel of what Marie Antoinette's life was like..You can understand that this was a women who was not prepared to run a country..She seemed very insecure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    No new information

    Very disappointing. Had expected some new, unknown, and just found information but it was just the same ol' stuff. It felt like the book was just skimming the surface of her life; leaving out anything of substance. The political information was easy to understand, the how's and why's of the revolution, but as to how it directly impacted the royal family- very sketchy.

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