Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Phoenix, 2006 - 629 pagina's
522 Recensies

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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Review: Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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I am not a Marie A. fan, but I picked up this because I think the world of Fraser's writing and presentation of history. And once again, she didn't fail me, and I ended up with more compassion for the French queen than I had had reading other histories. Fraser can write! Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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Blech. I can't recommend this, I was bored. Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (2006)

Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000.

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