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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel | [Carolly Erickson]

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel

Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.
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Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life, from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

Includes a bonus interview with the author and her editor.

©2005 Carolly Erickson; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Fiction (Abridged)

" "Erickson's lively account reveals a woman whose bravery and resilience seem as noteworthy as the bloody details of her demise." (Publishers Weekly)

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    C. Hoffman Los Angeles, CA United States 01-15-07
    C. Hoffman Los Angeles, CA United States 01-15-07 Member Since 2006

    I don't care how I consume a book, as long I as I get to read everyday I am happy.

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    "A Bit of License"

    I was not pleased with this book from the start. For someone who wrote the wonderfully researched "Josephine", the author really lost touch with history on this one. Historical novels always take creative license, but this ran into the realm of lack of research. It would have been a good idea for the author to at least glance at Antonia Frasier's book for some accuracy. Marie was not allowed to take anything Austrian with her. In this book, she retains her entire retinue. Louis XV was not a wheelchair bound old man but a vital and handsome man with a taste for a pretty woman. These are but two and I am not even done with the book. I do not recommend it for Marie Antoinette fan.

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    Anita Charlot 02-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Marie Antionette"

    Absolutely wonderful. After visiting Paris and seeing the palace and her countryside in person, I was very intrigued. This audiobook placed me back at the palace reliving the tragedy of her life as it unfolded chapter by chapter.

    I can't wait to go back now and visit the palace again with a different set of eyes.

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    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-30-13
    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    but I could not get into it. After reading/listening to Antonia Fraiser's book on the life of Marie Antoinette, I thought I would get a kick out of a fictional take on her life as queen, but found it too far from the truth for my liking.

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    "Probably not for history buffs of the 18th"

    Probably not for those specifically interested in this period of history... Well written, so worth the listen BUT it is not made clear this is a FICTIONAL STORY inspired by the historic events.

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