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eBook Marie Antoinette ePub

by Antonia Fraser

  • ISBN: 075381305X
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Antonia Fraser
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Pub Co; 1st edition (May 2002)
  • Pages: 640
  • ePub book: 1401 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1223 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 381

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Author of Marie Antoinette. She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful

Author of Marie Antoinette. She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head.

Marie Antoinette book. Brilliantly written, a work of impeccable scholarship.

Fraser in 2010 Related experience. Fraser was a contestant on the BBC Radio 4 panel game My Word! from 1979 to 1990.

Hazel Mills sees Marie Antoinette rehabilitated in Antonia Fraser's biography that shows her to be not simply a queen with a penchant for jewel-encrusted gowns, but a diplomatic pawn. Hazel Mills sees Marie Antoinette rehabilitated in Antonia Fraser's biography that shows her to be not simply a queen with a penchant for jewel-encrusted gowns, but a diplomatic pawn. Marie Antoinette Antonia Fraser 499pp, Weidenfeld, £25. It was a defining moment of the French revolution.

to know that she favours a Measure is the certain Means to frustrate its Success. June 1789 when the King and Queen. June 1789 when the King and Queen were at Marly, mourning the first Dauphin (as Louis Joseph became known with time, the little ghost who had to be distinguished from Louis Charles)

Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites .

Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era. Read An Excerpt. Antonia Fraser is the author of many internationally bestselling historical works, including Love and Louis XIV; Marie Antoinette, which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola; The Wives of Henry VIII; and Mary Queen of Scots. She is als. ore about Antonia Fraser.

Antonia Fraser's book on Marie Antoinette will not be listed as one of her better works. Ms. Fraser is so obviously, painfully, an Antoinette devotee. Beyond the Book" backstories.

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Marie Antoinette: The Journey. Antonia Fraser, a popular historian, has delved into archives across Europe to unravel the true story of the plot by fanatical Roman Catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I at the opening of Parliament in 1605. Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration.

Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', 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.

Comments

Zeus Wooden Zeus Wooden
I don't know why it took me so long to pick up this book. Ms. Fraser does an excellent job telling the story of this misrepresented and tragic Queen. She was truly a political pawn throughout her life as most young women of her rank were for hundreds of years. Although I knew her doomed fate, I learned so much more that took place between the storming of the Bastille and march on Versailles to the untimely death of Louis and Marie Antionette. If you enjoy historical accounts of royalty (how they lived, loved, suffered, etc) with political intrigue, then I highly recommend this book.
Ranicengi Ranicengi
Brilliantly researched history that avoids the myths and hyperbole to create an in depth portrait of a woman who was very much a woman and a symbol, and ultimately scapegoat, for the times she lived in and the royal society that bred her; while showing the humanity and growth from a young and somewhat trivial and silly fun loving teen to a deeply dignified and religious widow.
Very readable and worth the effort to learn more about this woman, this time in history and what it says about the human heart that endures still.
Fenrinos Fenrinos
Very good book, haven't finished it yet. This book is less of a story and more of a history lesson. As in, the author walks you through the details of Marie Antionette's life and events, and explains the political aspects, social, economic, ect. throughout are sections of glossy pages with pictures of actual paintings of Marie Antionette and others, as well as personal items of hers. An enjoyable read for a royals history buff! :)
Coidor Coidor
I think anyone who is interested in the French Revolution and has opinions (pro or con) should read this book. The arc and the pathos of her life are interesting but understanding what was going on in the palace while the revolution was raging right outside and, eventually, inside the palace doors gives a whole other dimension to the brutality of the revolution. Well written, fascinating, riveting.
Topmen Topmen
is a phrase that is used often. But it's true about this book. Antonia Fraser is a very skilled writer who takes you on your own journey, besides the subtitle journey of Marie Antoinette herself. This is a look inside Versailles in the 18th century, a look at the daily life of its inhabitants, the extreme care taken with court etiquette, the intrigues and backbiting as well as the stunningly rich life of the King (Louis XVI) and his wife Marie Antoinette.

What struck me forcibly is that she was nothing like the character who supposedly said "Let them eat cake". That saying went back way before Marie Antoinette was even born. She was in fact a very sensitive, sensible, caring, compassionate woman, especially for the time in which she lived and the high position she found herself in.

You'll see that from the very beginning, a young girl from Austria (Marie Antoinette) was not entirely welcome in the French court. As well, you'll be taken on a tour of the place and times as if you were actually in the rooms witnessing what others witnessed in fact.

Very highly recommended.
Viashal Viashal
NANCY MITFORD's bio on Lady Pompadour, Scurr's biography on Robespierre, and Moran's historical fictional piece on Madame Taussaud did not leave me spell bound by their protagonists. Though Hibbert's "A History of the French Revolution" incited my interest from the start on these key players, Fraser made me fall in love with "the Austrian." Despite the fact that my politics may have sided with the sans collettes at the time, the cruelty and inhumanity dispensed on Antoinette and her family is truly tragic, in light that Louis XVI was such a mild-mannered king, though indecisive, and his Queen an extremely compassionate, motherly figure, though in major need of a PR specialist. Argh, if only they had those in the 18th century. Alas,this is the best historical biography I have read in a long time, right up there with Alison Weir. The names do get complicated to keep track of, and sometimes I was surprised at the lack of gruesome anecdotes (I.e. how exactly did Louis Charles suffer when in captivity at the Temple?). But perhaps Fraser felt these gory details too gratuitous for her fine analytical work, or maybe history just lacks the evidence for the full story. After all, Fraser's research seems quite extensive. She also debunks a plethora of myths out there, that still abound about this period in modern lit.