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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

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France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous ‘Let them eat cake,’ was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history.

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Marie Antoinette: a biography

It’s weird reading biographies. There can be no great surprises, really; you do already know the ending after all. And in the case of Marie Antoinette, I know the outlines of her life so well that I was curious to see how Fraser shaped the events, rather than finding them out – especially of the last half of her life. 382 more words


Review of "Marie Antoinette: The Journey"

The obsession with the Revolution continues…

Marie Antoinette is one of the most famous and recognizable figures in French history, trumping even icons like Joan of Arc and Charles de Gualle who (a) were actually French and (b) actually made significant historical contributions. 567 more words


Today in Mary Queen of Scots History: December 8

Today in Mary Queen of Scots History: December 8, 1542: The Birth of Mary Stewart

December 8 is the birthday of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was born at Linlithgow Palace, in “the coldest of winters,” as John Guy writes in Queen of Scots. 482 more words