Marie-Antoinette

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Marie-Antoinette

Marie-Antoinette

  • Author: Helene Delalex,Alexandre Maral,Nicolas Milovanovic
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • ISBN: 1606064835
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 216
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Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793) continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers more than two centuries after her death. She became a symbol of the excesses of France’s aristocracy in the eighteenth century that helped pave the way to dissolution of the country’s monarchy. The great material privileges she enjoyed and her glamorous role as an arbiter of fashion and a patron of the arts in the French court, set against her tragic death on the scaffold, still spark the popular imagination. In this gorgeously illustrated volume, the authors find a fresh and nuanced approach to Marie-Antoinette’s much-told story through the objects and locations that made up the fabric of her world. They trace the major events of her life, from her upbringing in Vienna as the archduchess of Austria, to her ascension to the French throne, to her execution at the hands of the revolutionary tribunal. The exquisite objects that populated Marie-Antoinette’s rarefied surroundings—beautiful gowns, gilt-mounted furniture, chinoiserie porcelains, and opulent tableware—are depicted. But so too are possessions representing her personal pursuits and private world, including her sewing kit, her harp, her children’s toys, and even the simple cotton chemise she wore as a condemned prisoner. The narrative is sprinkled with excerpts from her correspondence, which offer a glimpse into her personality and daily life. Visually rich and engaging, Marie-Antoinette offers a fascinating look at the multifaceted life of France’s last, ill-fated queen.

Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

  • Author: Stefan Zweig
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • ISBN: 1906548757
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 592
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Stefan Zweig based his biography of Marie Antoinette, who became the Queen of France when still a teenager, on her correspondence with both her mother and her great love the Count Axel von Fersen. Zweig analyses the chemistry of a woman's soul, from her intimate pleasures to her public suffering as a Queen under the weight of misfortune and history. Zweig describes Marie Antoinette in the king's bedroom, in the enchanted and extravagant world of the Trianon and with her children. He also gives an account of the Revolution, the Queen's resolve during the failed escape to Varennes, her imprisonment in the Conciergerie and her tragic end under the guillotine. This has been the definitive biography of Marie Antoinette since its publication, inspiring later biographers, including Antonia Fraser, and the recent film adaptation.

Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

  • Author: Antonia Fraser
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0297857940
  • Category: History
  • Page: 640
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'Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here ... Fascinating' GUARDIAN 'Beautifully paced, impeccably written ... Don't miss it' INDEPENDENT 'Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate' SUNDAY TIMES 'Superbly researched ... the definitive work on the ill-fated queen' CATHOLIC HERALD Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine méchante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny. Antonia Fraser examines her influence over the king, Louis XVI, the accusations and sexual slurs made against her, her patronage of the arts which enhanced French cultural life, her imprisonment, the death threats made against her, rumours of lesbian affairs, her trial (during which her young son was forced to testify to sexual abuse by his mother) and her eventual execution by guillotine in 1793.

The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

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The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

  • Author: Charles Duke Yonge
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: France
  • Page: N.A
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Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

The Portrait of an Average Woman

  • Author: Stefan Zweig
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 9780802139092
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 476
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A sweeping portrait of the doomed French queen follows the life and times of Marie Antoinette from her first arrival at the French court, her marriage to the aloof Louis XVI, her love affair with Swedish Count von Fersen, and her ultimate fate during the French Revolution. Reprint.

Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Writings on the Body of a Queen

  • Author: Dena Goodman,Thomas E. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136704892
  • Category: History
  • Page: 300
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Marie-Antoinette is one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in all of French history. This volume explores the many struggles by various individuals and groups to put right Marie's identity, and it simultaneously links these struggles to larger destabilizations in social, political and gender systems in France. Looking at how Marie was represented in politics, art, literature and journalism, the contributors to this volume reveal how crucial political and cultural contexts were enacted "on the body of the queen" and on the complex identity of Marie. Taken together, these essays suggest that it is precisely because she came to represent the contradictions in the social, political and gender systems of her era, that Marie remains such an important historical figure.

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

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Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

  • Author: Mme Campan (Jeanne-Louise-Henriette)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: France
  • Page: N.A
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Marie Antoinette's Confidante

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Marie Antoinette's Confidante

Marie Antoinette's Confidante

The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe

  • Author: Geri Walton
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473853346
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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The true story of the woman who befriended the last queen of France—and the price she paid for her devotion. Perhaps no one knew Marie Antoinette better than one of her closest confidantes, Marie Thérèse, the Princess de Lamballe. The princess became superintendent of the queen’s household in 1774, and through her relationship with Marie Antoinette, she gained a unique perspective of the lavishness and daily intrigue at Versailles. Born into the famous House of Savoy in Turin, Italy, Marie Thérèse was married at the age of seventeen to the Prince de Lamballe, heir to one of the richest fortunes in France. He transported her to the gold-leafed and glittering chandeliered halls of the Château de Versailles, where she soon found herself immersed in the political and sexual scandals that surrounded the royal court. As the plotters and planners of Versailles sought, at all costs, to gain the favor of Louis XVI and his queen, the Princess de Lamballe was there to witness it all. This book reveals the Princess de Lamballe’s version of these events and is based on a wide variety of historical sources, helping to capture the waning days and grisly demise of the French monarchy. The story immerses you in a world of titillating sexual rumors, bloodthirsty revolutionaries, and hair-raising escape attempts—a must read for anyone interested in Marie Antoinette, the origins of the French Revolution, or life in the late eighteenth century.

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

A Novel

  • Author: Carolly Erickson
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1429904062
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution. Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again. Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette

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Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette

Queen of France

  • Author: Jeanne Louise Henriette Campan
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • ISBN: 1775411583
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 721
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Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette is an inside look into the life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, written by her First Lady in Waiting Madame Campan. Born in 1755 and married to Louis XVI of France at the age of 14, Antoinette was renowned for her fabled excesses. She was condemned for treason in 1793 at the zenith of the French Revolution, forfeiting her life to the razor-edge of a guillotine.