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Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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Still a controversial figure ¿ as well as a celebrated one ¿ 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¿. She was accused of personal profligacies and sexual excesses. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

Marie Antoinette remains one of the genuinely romantic and ill-treated characters in history. A compassionate queen and devoted mother, she did little to deserve her tragic destiny. She was born in 1755, one of 16 children of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. At the age of 15 she was to be the bride of the French Dauphin, heir to his grandfather Louis XV. The Dauphin came to the throne as Louis XVI in 1774 and for more than ten years the French court at Versailles glittered under the presidency of its young, beautiful and artistic queen, in what would be seen afterwards as the last throw of the Ancien Regime.

In this stunning biography Antonia Fraser examines her influence over the king, 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, and her trial (during which her 7-year-old son was forced to testify to sexual abuse by his mother) and eventual execution by guillotine in 1793.

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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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subject_facet France -- History -- Louis XVI, 1774-1793, France -- History -- Louis XVI, 1774-1793 -- Compact discs, Large Type books, Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793, Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Compact discs, Queens -- France -- Biography, Queens -- France -- Biography -- Compact discs
title_display Marie Antoinette : the journey
title_full Marie Antoinette : the journey / Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette The Journey, Marie Antoinette [(text) large print] : the journey / Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette [sound recording] : the journey / by Antonia Fraser
title_short Marie Antoinette :
title_sub The Journey
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Compact discs, History, Large Type books, Marie Antoinette, Nonfiction, Queens