Maria Antonieta – A viagem (Paperback) by Antonia Fraser and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Results 1 – 10 of 10 MarIa Antonieta: La Ultima Reina by Fraser, Antonia and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at. Marie Antoinette Antonia Fraser pp, Weidenfeld, £ It was a defining moment of the French revolution. Shortly after midnight on June

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It is always the sign of a good book when you find yourself slowing down upon nearing the end instead of speeding up, reluctant to come to a close. The people didn’t kill Louis because they hated him though of course some did and they weren’t really being rash.

Would this book be appropriate for a teenager? I enjoyed how Antonia Fraser analyzed both sides of the argument and presented the Queen’s life in an impartial way.

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She may have had royal blood, she may have given birth to the next generation of French royalty, but she herself was an outsider. Jan 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. All the more so when the book is the story of a life and, in slowing down, you somehow try to put off the inevitable death at the end.

Jan 15, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fraser writes engagingly and well most of the time, but every now and then, you arrive at these sentences that make no sense at all.

They had 4 children and two of them died at their young age. Retrieved 21 October I saw the movie based on this book in the theater when it came out, and I didn’t like it that much.


Not specifically about King Louis, but it does say more about his decision making though the answer below is completely right–he lacked conviction and Marie Antoinette did a lot of the decision making toward the end. It would have been interesting to get more perspective on the problems going on in the country and whether the King and Queen were totally disconnected as at least Marie Antionette seemed to be.

Antonia Fraser’s books are always a delight, and this one is no exception. She dressed herself up extravagantly and wanted to have all the luxuries despite the poor economic condition of the country.

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I think Fraser’s account is a fair one and perhaps she is closer to understanding the queen than past biographers. It reminded me of the “hero worship” of athletes and entertainment celebrities yet the gratification many feel when they are brought down!

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat antoniea She was convicted of treason. And, it’s very funny how I go with who I like as historical figures.

Neither did I, but apparently it’s true. Perhaps this passage in the Epilogue best sums up the book: Coppola responded to the critics by explaining that she was interested in showing “the real human being behind the myths An utterly riveting and intensely moving book by one of our antoia biographers. Marie Antoinette often gave her input on the gowns, suggesting alterations and proving she too had a talent for fashion.

Jul 19, Shahine Ardeshir rated it liked it. The two marai were convinced they always knew what was best for their daughters and often sent them letters full of advices, instructions and reproaches.

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By the qntonieta of the book, the very degree of detail which at the beginning was refreshing made me as a reader grow bored and just want it to finish already. Sure, Marie Antoinette wasn’t perfect, but to blame her for the entire Revolution is to neglect a wide range of other causes. Marie Antoinette was a victim from birth to death. They would spend entire nights at the gaming table, gambling away enormous fortunes and piling up huge debts. Fraer sure I’ll pick up more and I’ll likely read more about Marie Antoinette, as well.

This is also the book that inspired the movie made in with Kirsten Dunst.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the newspaper Le Figarohistorian Jean Tulard called the film “Versailles in Hollywood sauce”, saying that it “dazzles” with a “deployment of wigs, fans and pastries, a symphony of colors” which “all [mask] some gross errors and voluntary anachronisms”. Having seen the Kirsten Dunst film earlier in the fall, it was quite interesting to read a fuller account of Marie Antoinette’s life than we see in the film.

I suppose it’s difficult to write an unbiased biography, and maybe she wasn’t even trying to, but I antonoa prefer a biography that simply tells me the story and lets me decide for myself.