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Marie Antoinette

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Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781409115649

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 13th August 2009

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Royalty

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Marie Antoinette’s dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still “la reine m chante”, 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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(p) 2001 Orion Publishing Group

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Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail
Hazel Mills, GUARDIAN
Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate
Miranda Seymour, SUNDAY TIMES
A sparkling new biography . . . Antonia Fraser writes beautifully, with impressively shrewd judgement . . . This is a fine book and a very good read
Desmond Seward, DAILY MAIL
A hugely well-researched work . . . MARIE ANTOINETTE is a heroic and tragic exercise in identification
In MARIE ANTOINETTE, Fraser's superb gifts of narrative, characterisation and eye for salient detail are deployed to greater effect than ever before
Fraser sets out to rescue Marie Antoinette from the shadow of the guillotine, and she does this with resounding success
Ruth Scurr, THE TIMES
[Fraser] has written a fine biography . . . A fine and rewarding book
Douglas Johnson, SPECTATOR
This beautifully paced, impeccably written biography is destined to generate the same success as Antonia Fraser's previous work. Don't miss it
Andrea Stuart, INDEPENDENT
An authoritative, sympathetic and beautifully written life of the much maligned queen
A superbly researched book which will clearly become the definitive work on the ill-fated queen
Margot Lawrence, CATHOLIC HERALD