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Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of Franceby Evelyne Lever
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From primary source documents Lever fashions an insightful glimpse into the French court at Versailles. The characters of court are expertly drawn. There is the dashing Axel Fersen, Marie's great love; Maria Theresa, the scheming mother trying to place her daughter on the Hapsburg throne; the legendary Madame du Barry, lover to Louis XV; and, of course, Marie herself.
Luxuriously evocative of the Versailles court, historically sharp and witty, and detailing the compelling story of Marie Antoinette's life, Evelyn Lever's biography entrances readers.
Lever weaves the tragic tale of Marie Antoinette's life, from her birth in Vienna in 1755 through her turbulent, unhappy marriage, the bloody turmoil of the French Revolution, her trial for treason, and her final beheading. The result is an unforgettable tapestry of life in 18th-century France. 8-page color photo insert.
A riveting new biography of the legendary French queen
family life in vienna, the wedding at versailles to louis xvi, the french court, boredom, hypocrisy, loneliness, allies, enemies, extravagant entertainment, scandal, intrigue, sex, birth and bereavement, lovers, peasant riots, the fall of the bastille, the attack on versailles, confinement in the tuileries, escape and capture, mob rule in paris, imprisonment, the guillotine. marie antoinette is a biographer's dream, and evelyne lever's account of the life of the inimitable (and last) french queen is a sumptuous, addictive delight. from marie antoinette's birth in vienna in 1755--the fifteenth child of austrian archduchess maria theresa and holy roman emperor francis i--through her turbulent and unhappy marriage to louis xvi, the turmoil of the french revolution, her trial for high treason (during which she was accused of incest), and her final beheading, lever draws on a variety of resources, including diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts, to weave a gripping, fast-paced historical narrative that reads like expertly crafted fiction.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -344) and index.
About the Author
Evelyne Lever is a leading French historian. Marie Antoinette is her first book to be published in the United States. She lives in Paris with her husband, Maurice Lever, the author of Sade.
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