Awaiting her execution, Marie Antoinette writes the story of her life from her prison cell, in a diary that describes her privileged childhood as an ...Show synopsisAwaiting her execution, Marie Antoinette writes the story of her life from her prison cell, in a diary that describes her privileged childhood as an Austrian archduchess, years as the glamorous mistress of Versailles, love affair with a handsome Swedish diplomat, flight from France, and imprisonment during the French Revolution.Hide synopsis
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CAROLLY ERICKSON HAS DONE A GOOD JOB GETTING INTO THE MIND OF THIS ILL FATED QUEEN WHO HAD SUCH PROMISE BUT ENDED UP BEING SO MISUNDERSTOOD AND SCAPEGOATED FOR SO MANY WHO RULED BEFORE. THIS NOVEL MAKES HER A FLESH AND BLOOD WOMAN WITH EMOTIONS THAT WERE PERHAPS TOO INTENSE. ALL IN ALL A GOOD READ.
There have been a plethora of "Hidden Diary" books recently, none more of an exciting read than the hidden diary of Marie Antoinette. Poignantly, Carolly Erickson's fictionalized Marie Antoinette is a victim of a fate she does not deserve, nor that she understands. Why was she so hated by a people she loved and only wanted to please, and who once celebrated her arrival as the new Dauphine? Why were so many scandalous lies and gossips spread about her character? She approaches the puzzlements in a very human fashion, speaking privately in diary format, so that her thoughts are simply stated and the tale told easily and understandably. One feels anguished by the trials and tribulations forced on this woman, once a Queenof France, but also a caring wife to Louis XVI and a paragon of motherhood to her little children, for whom all her actions were focused on saving.
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