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Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France [Paperback]

By Evelyne Lever & Catherine Temerson (Translator)
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Pages   357
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.29" Width: 5.55" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2001
Publisher   St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN  0312283334  
EAN  9780312283339  

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A stunning new biography of the legendary French queen explores the scandal, intrigue, and regal extravagance surrounding her life, as well as the events leading up to her death on the guillotine. Reprint.

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In MARIE ANTOINETTE, Evelyn Lever draws on a variety of resources, including diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts, to write this sumptuous, addictive delight. From family life in Vienna to the choke of the guillotine, this gripping work combines a fast-paced historical narrative with all the elements of scandalous fiction: Marie's wedding at Versailles to Louis XVI, the French court, boredom, hypocrisy, loneliness, allies, enemies, scandal, intrigue, sex, peasant riots, the fall of the Bastille, mob rule in Paris, imprisonment, and, finally, execution.
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.

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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.

Evelyne Lever currently resides in Paris.

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Horrible book!!  Mar 2, 2008
I am at a loss for words to be able to explain how horrible this book is. There is no detail in Evelyne Lever's writing and you can almost hear the contempt in her words as you read it. She obviously did not think too highly of Marie Antoinette and she lets that opinion shine through all too apparently. She makes her appear to be a self-centered, spoiled woman who cared about nothing other than her own amusements and what made her happy. If you want to read a truly worthwhile book about Marie Antoinette then read Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser.
Best Marie Antoinette Bio  Jan 27, 2008
This is by far the best bio of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. If you're going to buy a book about the same, this is the one. Written by a French woman it's both factual and a highly enjoyable read - lots of tidbits about her personal life and a good understanding of the events of the revolution.
Marie-Antoinette was the "Last Queen of France"  Nov 7, 2007
This is to give a little more detail about the Kings of France who ruled after Napolean and their wives. A review by Chapman disputed the accuracy of the title "Last Queen of France" and a review by Henderson stated that the title was accurate. There were two kings (Louis XVIII and Charles X) who reigned between Napolean and Louis-Phillipe and their reigns of constitute the Bourbon Restoration.

Marie Josèphe of Savoy married Louis Stanislas Xavier de Bourbon, Count of Provence, the future Louis XVIII on 16 April 1771 and went with him into exile in the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1791. There were no children of the marriage. She became pregnant in 1774 and 1781, but both pregnancies ended in miscarriages. Louis XVII of France, only surviving son of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, died while imprisoned in the Temple on 8 June 1795. The Count of Provence was proclaimed King of France as Louis XVIII (16 June 1795) by the exiled French Court. Thus Marie Josèphe became "de jure" Queen consort of France. However, she died in 1810 four years before the Bourbon Restoration made Louis XVIII king. Thus she was never Queen of France.

Louis XVIII was succeeded his brother Charles. Marie-Thérèse of Savoy (sister of Marie Josèphe of Savoy above) was the wife of Charles, Comte d'Artois, the youngest grandson of Louis XV of France, who would become Charles X of France. Because she died before her husband became Charles X of France, she was not Queen, instead being buried as the Comtesse d'Artois

Charles abdicated on 30 July 1830 in favor of his grandson, the Comte de Chambord, and left for England. However, the liberal, bourgeois-controlled Chamber of Deputies refused to confirm the Comte de Chambord as Henri V. In a vote the body declared the French throne vacant, and elevated Louis-Philippe, duc d'Orleans, to power. He was the only House of Orléans king of France, other than Louis XII (1498-1515). The new monarch took the style of "King of the French", a constitutional innovation known as popular monarchy which linked the monarch's title to a people, not to a state, as the previous designation King of France did. Louis-Phillippe's wife, Maria Amalia Teresa of the Two Sicilies was "Queen of the French" from 1830-1848, consort to King Louis-Philippe.
An Absolute Must Read  Aug 5, 2007
I absolutely loved reading this book. I found it hard to put it down. This book tells of the politics during the time of Marie Antoinette, her love life, and of the troubles that not only she faced, but also her husband. The book describes how ill prepared both she and her husband were for their roles as Queen and King of France. It is written in such an interesting way and is an easy read. The last few chapters are almost a bit emotionally hard to read because it does go into detail of the horrible conditions they had to live their last few moments in and of their death.
A must read, even for those who are not that interested in history!
Tragic...  Oct 19, 2006
Palace suspicions had kept her at arms length from the main events in France.
Marie Antoinette, the daughter of Maria Theresa of Austria (Empress of the Habsburg dynasty), was the victim of gutter press and the intrigues of ambitious lackeys, consequently was to take part of the blame that followed.
For example recent literature revealed she had never said `let the people eat cake if they don't have bread' - during the height of a bread shortage in Paris. The alleged quotation was magnified in the press to her detriment when the time for the Revolution came.

Cardinal de Rohan, France's Envoy to Austria, whose ambition to become France's Prime Minister had been blocked several times by Marie Antoinette {because some of the Cardinal's letters were intercepted in which he said he `bedded half the royal court of Austria"}. The Cardinal worked hard to tarnish Antoinette's image.
de Rohan propagated that the queen secretly sought to buy a necklace for two million Livres, but such accusation was never true.
During the trial the Cardinal was acquitted, and the Queen was condemned.

She was accused of amassing fortunes, jewels, wardrobe filled with myriads of latest fashions - extremely expensive dresses and hundreds of `shoes' -.
Her husband, King Louis XVI, whose optimism with the future of France only days before the July 14th deluge, was extremely feted as much for her magnificent presence as for his known weakness of characters.

As daughter of Maria Theresa, her fondness for France was in direct proportion to her natural love for Austria. The Queen carried soil from Vienna in a jewelled box and planted seeds in her garden. But politics and greed were indeed cruel to this young queen who married the King `boy' when she was only 14.

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