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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser. The Journey by Antonia Fraser. Brilliantly written, a work of impeccable scholarship. An utterly riveting and intensely moving book by one of our finest biographers. Never before has the life of Marie Antoinette been told so intimately and with such authority as in Antonia Fraser’s newest work, Marie Antoinette: Famously known as the eighteenth-century French queen whose excesses have become Brilliantly written, a work of impeccable scholarship.

Famously known as the eighteenth-century French queen whose excesses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was blamed for instigating the French Revolution. But the story of her journey begun as a fourteen-year-old sent from Vienna to marry the future Louis XVI to her courageous defense before she was sent to the guillotine reveals a woman of greater complexity and character than we have previously understood.

We stand beside Marie Antoinette and witness the drama of her life as she becomes a scapegoat of the Ancien Regime when her faults were minor in comparison to the punishments inflicted on her.

The youngest daughter, fifteenth out of sixteen children, of Austrian empress Maria Teresa and Francis I, Marie Antoinette was sent on a literal journey by her mother from Vienna to Versailles with the expectation that she would further Austrian interests at all times.

Yet, Marie Antoinette was by nature far from interested in state affairs and much more inclined to exert a gracious, philanthropic role, patronizing the arts especially music, as royalty would come to behave in the nineteenth century.

Despite this the French accused her of political interference and wrote scandalous tracts against her, mocking her lack of sophistication. Meanwhile, antoniia for a family and the birth of an heir who would have cemented the Franco-Austro alliance, the French queen had to endure more than eight years of public humiliation for her barren marriage before the delivery of her first of four children. As these problems unfold, Antonia Fraser also weaves a richly detailed account of Marie Antoinette’s other, more poignant journey: Brilliantly written, Marie Antoinette is a work of impeccable scholarship.

Drawing on a wealth of family letters and other archival materials, Antonia Fraser successfully avoids the hagiography of some the French queen’s admirers and the misogyny of many of her critics. The result is an utterly riveting and intensely moving book by ftaser of our finest biographers. Paperbackpages. Published September 12th by Anchor Books first published Los Angeles Times Book Prize. To see what your friends thought antoniq this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Marie Antoinetteplease sign up.


Why are people not writing similar books about king Louis 16 as a vicium of the cruelty and rashful conclusions of his people? 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 anntonia the decision making toward the end. He leaned on her a lot. He wasn’t known for being exciting. As for cruelty and rash decisions, the execution of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI and the feelings the people had toward them were actually very different.

The people didn’t kill Louis because they hated him though of course some did and they weren’t really being rash. If you read some things from that period, you’ll find it wasn’t an easy decision.

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They were very split. Ultimately, they executed him because they felt they had to in order for the Revolution to survive at that point.

That’s very different than with Marie Antoinette. Her they did absolutely despise. That was definitely more cruelty than sacrifice. Would this book be appropriate for a teenager? I know Marie Antoinette was somewhat scandalous in regards to relations, but still. One of the big antnia is lack of sexual desire. See 2 questions about Marie Antoinette….

Lists with This Book. Thorough research and minute attention to details is the clear mark of both. Personally I found the writing of Marie Antoinette: The Journey to be more lucid and less confusing.

Perhaps this passage in the Epilogue best sums up the book: Wicked lies, if repeated often enough, can very easily become verity in the minds of the less enlightened. View all 7 comments. Sep 17, K. Absolutely rated it really liked it Shelves: Next Saturday, October 16th will be antonietaa th Death Anniversary. On that same day, years ago, Marie Antoinette or Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna was executed by guillotine.

She was convicted of treason. These all happened at the height of the French Revolution Marie Antoinette was a victim from birth to death.

Prior to their marriage, France was used to be Austria’s traditional enemy.

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Even at the time of her execution, peasants were shouting: Marie Antoinette did not dream of becoming a French queen. She just followed the wishes of her mother, Empress Maria Theresa who she did not have a good relation as the later had her favorite, Marie Antoinette’s younger sister, Maria Carolina.

Thus leaving Hamburg for Paris to live in Versailles was Marie Antoinette way of ending her jealousy of being the less-favoured daughter of the empress. Unfortunately, King Louis XIV did not love her and it took time for their marriage to be consummated.

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They had 4 children and two of them died at their young age. Their eldest survived, Marie-Therese Charlotte who later became Dauphine of France upon ascension of her father-in-law to the throne of France in After the death of the first son who died at the age of 7, the second son third child was born: He, too died but this time, during the imprisonment of her parents in the palace tower.


The line “let them eat cake”with “them” being the hungry French peasants because of bread shortage, has not been proven to have come from her. It first appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions but Rousseau did not name who the “great princess” was.

Marie Antoinette was never a political animal. She had no power and was content in playing her role as a queen attending social functions and doing civic works. Her unhappy marriage resulted to her becoming frivolous. She dressed herself up extravagantly and wanted to have all the luxuries despite the poor economic condition of the country. She was accused of everything from lesbianism, occult and having incestuous relation with her own son.

This is a heartfelt biography of a misunderstood famous figure in French history. She is said to be one of the 4 world-famous French figures in the history following Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc and Charles de Gaulle. According to Wiki, Fraser’s depiction of Marie Antoinette here is kind. For me, that’s baloney.

This work presented the balanced view of Marie Antoinette and is well-documented as Fraser has all the footnotes and cross-references. Oh yes, like her king husband he faced her trial and execution with grace. Those last words that should have come from the people who condemned her, in my honest opinion. Her being a political pawn and scapegoat was too tragic. A queen killed by her own people was too sad. View all 31 comments. Sep 02, Jane Vandre rated it really liked it Recommends it for: As a former French major in college, I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about this period of time and the dynamics of the monarchy in France.

Most people today have little sympathy for this queen, but I came away from this book with a much altered impression of her character and personality. She was truly in an impossible positio As a former French major in college, I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about this period of time and the dynamics of the monarchy in France.

She was truly in an impossible position It reminded me of the “hero worship” of athletes and antinia celebrities yet the gratification many feel when they are brought down! It’s as though we want them to be “bigger than life” and put them in that place, mxria resent it at the same time. Anyway, an interesting read for the history buff. You will most certainly come away with a much greater understanding of and sympathy for Marie Antoinette! Sep 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Frasier packs in gossipy details that keep this from being a dry read.

At the age of 14, a deal is cut for Antoine to marry the future king of France, sealing an alliance between the two zntonieta. Immediately, preparations begin to prepare her for the marriage.

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