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Married for political reasons at the age of 14, Marie Antoinette was naive, impetuous, and ill-equipped for the role in which history cast her. From her birth in Vienna in 1755 through her turbulent, unhappy marriage, the bloody turmoil of the French Revolution, her trial for high treason during which she was accused of incest, and her final beheading, Marie Antoinette's life was the tragic tale of disastrous circumstances colliding.

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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enjoyable nonfiction listen

I loved learning about the last Queen of France. You should definitely check this book out!! Clean, interesting, a little gossipy. I think it would be better to listen to than read because of all the French names that would be tricky.

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great story to read

a wonderful read. a better understanding of French history! a must read history buffs bliss

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Reads like a Novel

After a recent trip to Paris and Versailles, I became fascinated with King Louis the 16th and Marie Antoinette. What a great way to learn history! Highly recommend.

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  • Linda
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • 04-13-08

Marie Antionette

When you have a long trip-like going to France, this is an excellent read.

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