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Marie Antoinette: The Journey (original 2002; edition 2006)

by Antonia Fraser

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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (2002)

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    Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford (nessreader)
    nessreader: I know these represent two different generations at Versailles, but both books are about women at the french court, and are as readable as novels
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A good overview of Marie Antoinette's life. It's easy to see how it's the basis of the 2006 movie. I would recommend it as a starting point for someone who doesn't know much about her and is interesting in learning more. ( )
  colleenrec | Jun 23, 2017 |
An excellent, humanising biography, the book completely deconstructs the pop culture image of the frivolous, extravagant, debauched Marie-Antoinette, revealing the sensitive, naïve woman used as a political pawn and gestation chamber for future kings. Her upbringing did not prepare her for the hotbed of malicious political and sexual intrigue (with its rigid protocols and constant spectators) that is Versailles, nor was her husband an ally beyond their common goal of producing a future king. Marie-Antoinette was trapped in circumstances beyond her control, were any of us to be in her shoes, I doubt history would have been that much different.

Full credit goes to the author for her careful dissection of the psychology of and the influences behind Marie-Antoinette's personality (how her position in her family has influenced her disposition, and eventually world history), presenting a full sympathetic picture of Marie-Antoinette the person behind the populist scapegoat. For the busy or the rereaders, the epilogue was a very good summary of the entire book. ( )
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  LiteraryChanteuse | Jan 27, 2016 |
This was a good look at the life of Marie Antionette, debunking the apocryphal stories. She was really a rather unfortunate, though good person. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a good look at the life of Marie Antionette, debunking the apocryphal stories. She was really a rather unfortunate, though good person. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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blurb: France’s ironic 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 had been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, the 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 excited 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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In the past, Antonia Fraser's bestselling histories and biographies have focused on people and events in her native England, from Mary Queen of Scots to Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. Now she crosses the Channel to limn the life of France's unhappiest queen, bringing along her gift for fluent storytelling, vivid characterization, and evocative historical background. Marie Antoinette (1755-93) emerges in Fraser's sympathetic portrait as a goodhearted girl woefully undereducated and poorly prepared for the dynastic political intrigues into which she was thrust at age 14, when her mother, Empress Maria Theresa, married her off to the future Louis XVI to further Austria's interests in France. Far from being the licentious monster later depicted by the radicals who sent her to the guillotine at the height of the French Revolution, young Marie Antoinette was quite prudish, as well as thoroughly humiliated by her husband's widely known failure to have complete intercourse with her for seven long years (the gory details were reported to any number of concerned royal parties, including her mother and brother). She compensated by spending lavishly on clothes and palaces, but Fraser points out that this hardly made her unique among 18th-century royalty, and in any case the causes of the Revolution went far beyond one woman's frivolities. The moving final chapters show Marie Antoinette gaining in dignity and courage as the Revolution stripped her of everything, subjected her to horrific brutalities (a mob paraded the head of her closest female friend on a pike below her window), and eventually took her life. Fraser makes no attempt to hide the queen's shortcomings, in particular her poor political skills, but focuses on her personal warmth and noble bearing during her final ordeal. It's another fine piece of popular historical biography to add to Fraser's already impressive bibliography. --Wendy Smith

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"Famously known as the eighteenth-century French queen whose excesses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was blamed for instigating the French Revolution. But the story of her journey, begun as a fourteen-year-old sent from Vienna to marry the future Louis XVI, to her courageous defense before she was sent to the guillotine, reveals a woman of greater complexity and character than we have previously understood. We stand beside Marie Antoinette and witness the drama of her life as she becomes a scapegoat of the Ancien Regime, when her faults were minor in comparison to the punishments inflicted on her."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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