Drawing upon her diaries, letters, court records, and memoirs, Evelyne Lever paints a vivid portrait of Marie Antoinette, her inner circle, and the lavish court life at Versailles. What emerges is a surprisingly average woman thrust into a position for which she was wholly unprepared, a combination that proved disastrous both for her and for France.
©2000 Evelyne Lever; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"This spicy, unsparing chronicle reads as both a brainy bodice ripper and a fascinating morality tale." (Entertainment Weekly)
"[Lever] shines a penetrating light on the opulent Versailles subculture....This is an absorbing work of meticulous scholarship and easily supplants any recent biographies of the tragic queen." (Library Journal)
"A tempered and very accessible account....A valuable reassessment of a notorious life." (Booklist)
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