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Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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1. How important was Marie Antoinettes childhood in Austria-historical enemy of France-in influencing her career? Would it ever have been possible for an Austrian princess to have a satisfactory life in France?

2. Was Marie Antoinettes relationship with her mother, the Empress Maria Teresa, a damaging or a supportive element of her life?

3. Marie Antoinettes marriage to the Dauphin, later Louis XVI, remained unconsummated for seven and a half years. What effect did this have on her character-and her relationship wth her husband?

4. Were the accusations of extravagance and frivolity leveled against Marie Antoinette justified-both during her own lifetime and since? Marie Antoinette was also the target of numerous vicious libels about her sexuality. What part did these libels played in blackening the image of royalty in France, and how valid were they?

5. Assess the political role of Marie Antoinette in the years shortly before the French Revolution: Should she have tried to influence Louis XVI more or was she correct to let history take its own course?

6. Marie Antoinette was a patron of the arts and a nature enthusiast. Is philanthropy an essential part of the royal role?

7. Once the French Revolution started, Marie Antoinette could probably have escaped by herself, or with her little son disguised as a girl. Instead she saw it as her duty to remain at the Kings side. Knowing that she was an unpopular queen, why did she make that decision?

8. Marie Antoinettes courage and composure at her trial and execution aroused widespread admiration at the time, even from her enemies. How much had her character changed since her youth? Or were such qualities always latent in her personality?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033287
Subtitle:
The Journey
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Antonia Fraser
Author:
Fraser, Antonia
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Women
Subject:
General
Subject:
History-Europe - France
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Royalty
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Royalty
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
History : Europe - France
Subject:
General
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
France History Louis XVI, 1774-1793.
Subject:
Marie Antoinette
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
France-18th Century and Revolutionary
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021112
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
512

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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
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Product details 512 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9781400033287 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Antonia Fraser's absorbing new biography reveals how much we did not know. Fraser...has produced a book to be savored, beautifully written and thoroughly researched. Above all, she provides a well-rounded picture with sensitive and fresh insights into the life and times of this unhappy queen."
"Review" by , "The portrait is drawn delicately, with pleasant touches of humor....Fraser's approach is controlled and thoughtful....Her queen is neither heroine nor villain, but a young wife and mother who, in her journey into maturity, finds herself caught in a deadly vise."
"Review" by , "[A] lavish, benevolent new rendering of the queen....[A]mply researched but occasionally turgid..."
"Review" by , "The Marie Antoinette who emerges from these pages is fully formed, a feat for which Fraser deserves much praise....[A]n often sympathetic portrait."
"Review" by , "This is a fine biography, sympathetic without sentimentality, and with a keen awareness of the texture of its subject's world. Above all, it effectively jettisons the image of Marie Antoinette as the frivolous hedonist, the empty-headed soubrette."
"Review" by , "[A]n exciting biography....This volume moves quickly, but not without the most interesting of historical detail....A well-researched biography that may cause one to rethink the role in which history has cast Marie Antoinette..."
"Synopsis" by , From Antoinette's birth in Vienna in 1755 through her turbulent and unhappy marriage to Louis XVI, the turmoil of the French Revolution, her trial for high treason, and her final beheading, Lever draws on a variety of resources to weave a gripping, fast-paced historical narrative that reads like expertly crafted fiction.
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII describes her life, from her betrothal as an unsophisticated, poorly educated fourteen-year-old girl to the future King Louis XVI, through her difficult marriage in the French court, to her courage in the face of revolutionaries who sent her to the guillotine twenty-three years later. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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 beenthe 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 bycircumstance 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 agraceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.

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