Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

‘Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it’s all here … Fascinating’ GUARDIAN
‘Beautifully paced, impeccably written … Don’t miss it’ INDEPENDENT
‘Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Superbly researched … the definitive work on the ill-fated queen’ CATHOLIC HERALD

Marie Antoinette’s dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still ‘la reine méchante’, whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: ‘let them eat cake’. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

Antonia Fraser examines her influence over the king, Louis XVI, the accusations and sexual slurs made against her, her patronage of the arts which enhanced French cultural life, her imprisonment, the death threats made against her, rumours of lesbian affairs, her trial (during which her young son was forced to testify to sexual abuse by his mother) and her eventual execution by guillotine in 1793.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Royalty

On Sale: 24th June 2010

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780297857945

Reviews

Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail
GUARDIAN
Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate
SUNDAY TIMES
A sparkling new biography . . . Antonia Fraser writes beautifully, with impressively shrewd judgement . . . This is a fine book and a very good read
DAILY MAIL
A hugely well-researched work . . . MARIE ANTOINETTE is a heroic and tragic exercise in identification
DAILY TELEGRAPH
In MARIE ANTOINETTE, Fraser's superb gifts of narrative, characterisation and eye for salient detail are deployed to greater effect than ever before
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Fraser sets out to rescue Marie Antoinette from the shadow of the guillotine, and she does this with resounding success
THE TIMES
[Fraser] has written a fine biography . . . A fine and rewarding book
SPECTATOR
This beautifully paced, impeccably written biography is destined to generate the same success as Antonia Fraser's previous work. Don't miss it
INDEPENDENT
An authoritative, sympathetic and beautifully written life of the much maligned queen
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
A superbly researched book which will clearly become the definitive work on the ill-fated queen
CATHOLIC HERALD