Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

by Antonia Fraser
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400033287
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 109,394
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

ANTONIA FRASER has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She is the recipient of many literary awards, including the Wolfson History Prize, St. Louis Literary Award, and Medal of the Historical Association 2000. Her works include the biographies Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, and King Charles II. Three highly praised books focus on women in history: The Weaker Vessel: Women's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England, The Warrior Queens, and The Wives of Henry VIII. Her most recent book was Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. She is editor of the series Kings and Queens of England. Antonia Fraser is married to Harold Pinter and lives in London.


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mercury_falling More than 1 year ago
I've read this book twice, and think it is absolutely wonderful. I knew almost nothing about Marie Antoinette before I read it, except some of the rumors, such as the infamous "Let them eat cake" comment, which Fraser is careful to dispel. This book presents a touching portrait of a queen who fell spectacularly from grace in the eyes of her subjects, and the events that led to her fall. Fraser does not absolve Marie Antoinette of spending lavishly while her subjects went hungry, but at the same time does present reasoning and understanding so that readers may comprehend that among the nobility she was not unique in this and was following an accepted standard. Though some may accuse Fraser of being too compassionate toward the queen, I think her research and insights are dead on, and am happy to read a biography that does not justify, but works against the vilification of a queen already made infamous by slander and libel in her own time and years after her death. To me, this book gives a much fairer picture of Marie Antoinette, coupled with a harrowing glimpse of the French Revolution as it began. Very informative, a great read if you are interested in this particular time in history.
Savvy More than 1 year ago
If you read only one book about Marie Antoinette, let it be this one. And if you don't like history or nonfiction, don't let that daunt you either; even as non-fiction, this book beats all the fictionalized novels about Marie Antoinette. In this case, the real story is just as thrilling. Fraser's research is great, and the attention to detail and emotion is stronger than in most non-fiction or history books. This one is the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been wanting to read this book for quite sometime, and I was thrilled when I checked it out from the library. It was a brillant book! It had everything: drama, action, tragedy, romance, and even some comedy, and it wasn't even fiction! Antonia Fraser is a fantastic writer, and I plan on reading some more of her books. Normally, I don't cry while reading a book, but this one made me tear up when Louis was forced to leave his family and be executed. Also, it makes you see Marie Antoinette, not as the spoiled, cruel, vicious adultress who seduced every man[though she did conduct one affair], but as a brave, compassionate, loyal, and wonderful person. Someone who didn't derserve to be exuecuted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a history book been so interesting. I'm usually a fan of fictional historical romance or of fiction books. But this book was so captivating that i read it in a matter of 2 weeks 'it's a pretty long book'. I was never bored reading this and i certainly learned some history
Guest More than 1 year ago
Takes a little while to get into the story. A lot of names, dates, places, etc to remember. Once Marie Antoinette settles into Versailles you start to keep up with the names and such. But this story gives Marie Antoinette a human aspect, not just a historical figure who said 'let them eat cake' (which is debunked by the way). By the time it gets to the revolution and this desperate family is trying to find ways out you really start rooting for their side. You want them to escape and get away from the mobs. I actually got teary-eyed when poor Louis XVI is carted away to the guillotine. Antoinia Fraser doesn't let Marie Antoinette get away with being the 'perfect queen' though, she was far from it. All in all a very good read and I will probably read it again. If you are going to see the Sofia Coppola movie, read this, it will clear up some historical questions you may have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over and over again. It is so well written that i not only learn about this extaordinary woman but also get lost in her world. I bought it on my Nook because my paperback was falling apart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was inspired to read Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette after having read Alison Weir's biography about Henry VIII and his wives. Fraser's book was a wonderful read - well researched, and very engaging. She did a good job of presenting the facts of her research while at the same time offering just enough of her own opinion or interpretation of the facts to keep the book interesting (although the straight facts were very interesting on their own.) The pictures that were included with the book were a great addition and added to the reader's ability to feel drawn into the world of Marie Antoinette and Versailles. Overall, I thought this was a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in historical figures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent biography of the life of Marie Antoinette. Fraser did a great job setting the record straight on the whole 'let them eat cake' fiasco and explained the reasoning for why she is considered the biggest scapegoat of the French Revolution. If you saw the Sohpia Coppola bio-pic then you know she didn't do the queen justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after first seeing the movie- which I loved!!! This book is a great read for anyone who is looking to learn about history. Admittedly it can get a little slow at times, but not so much that you lose interest in the book. It is by far one of the most interesting and well-done biographies that I have read and I truely do suggest that anyone with even a mild interest in Marie Antoinette give it a shot- and if you find the book too dry, watch the movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit intimidating to a person who usually reads books by Janet Evanovich and J.K. Rowling but I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The author did a tremendous job of taking what is taught in grade schools and showing the other side of the story. I have visited the Versailles and have seen the money that was put into the castle versus what should have gone to the people but I can't help feeling sad and very very bothered by the outcome for the entire royal family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a very well written biography of the often misunderstood Queen. While presenting all the details, Antonia Fraser pulls the reader in to the life of this Austrian princess. Although the book is rather long, it is only a tough read, when attempting to finish it in a weekend. I highly suggest this great book to all considering it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love stories of royal families. I have read a couple biographies but this one is by far the best! It really transports you back in time to the royal court of Versailles and the beginning of the Terror in France. I really recommend this book for history fanatics like me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent study of Marie Antoinette, the ways of the French court, and the why's and wherefores of the revolution. Unlike the biography by Evelyn Lever, Ms. Fraser doesn't get bogged down in the political issues but stays focused on the French Royal family and their surrounding courtiers. Of all the bios of Marie Antoinette available today, this one is the absolute best. Highly recommended reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this book a few times now. Its wonderfully written.
M_ussolini More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest biography novels I ever read. Not only is this a book about Marie Antoinette's life but it has modicum of a biography from people who were in Marie's inner circle like her husband, her best friends, her siblings, and her parents. So it's like you're reading multiple biographies of fascinating people. This book also was the most challenging book that I ever read with at least one word on each page that I had to define (isn't a negative). This is an astounding read for high school age students and above. I'm a history major and love non-fiction books. The first half of the book is relatively happy but the second half takes the opposite turn with being more sad and grim. It's heartbreaking that so many malicious lies were said and believed by the French commoners to the point of demonizing her and using her as a scapegoat for all of France's problems! Really the only negative of this book is how the book was made! I have literally 60 pages that are falling out.. Although it's the best book I ever read it is also the worst made. Maybe it's just my book? If so I just got unlucky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fraser's biography on the French Queen Marie Antoinette was a brilliant adaptation of her life from the moment of her birth, to the end of her life. It is an in-depth written account of her struggles with marriage, political affairs, blossoming into a woman, and the tragedies of the French Revolution. The author gives brilliant historical facts on French politics and fashion and gives you a sense of caring for many of the characters who are historical figures. A very good read for those who love history and biographies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Highschool student and I read this book as a resource for my research project on Marie Antoinette and   I found this book most interesting. I really enjoyed this book because it provided a lot of information and talked about every event that could have ever happened in Marie's life. Antonia Fraser captures every aspect of her life and I enjoyed reading everything so thoroughly. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading about Marie and wants to find out more information and just know more about her. I learned a lot more about her from this book then from what I already knew before. It's always good to learn more about someone through a book like this one because Antonia wrote clearly about all the key events and Key points of her life. I really liked this book because of how much information and detail their was put in and helped me understand everything clearly. If others are looking to read this it is tremendously helpful if your learning about her, and would like to get to know more about her or if your just looking for an interesting person to read about. Everything that Marie went through in her short life was captured in this book like her marriage and death and etc.. Events. I would really recommend people to choose this book to read and get to know Marie Antoinette's life and experiences she went through. 
StephanieFRiley More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
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Presents a more nuanced picture of the subject. In this well written and researched book, Marie Antoinette assumes a human and, at times, very sympathetic dimension.
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