The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

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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.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2005.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312337087
Branch Call Number: FIC ERI
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. Although sad in some places.

Junebug84 Aug 21, 2011

I have not read a book based off of historical fact in a long time. It was refreshing and unnerving in a sense when learning about the fate of the Capet dynasty. When I began reading the novel, I could not help but feel that perhaps if King Louis and Marie Antoinette had spent a little less money, or even gone so far as to make charitable donations and attend charitable functions their lives could have been spared. At the same time it is sad to think that Parisians could be disloyal enough to blindly execute innocent people that tried and had their best interests at heart. Not everything always goes as planned. It makes you feel as though their own people are the traitors, and the author describes war and massacre against the monarchy in an uncanny detail. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought and will consider reading more historical fiction in the future.

Aug 17, 2008

Enjoyed this account of Marie Antionette's life. I was inspired to know more about her after seeing Sofia Coppola's movie, and this historical fiction filled in some gaps for me. Although hated by many, M-A does become somewhat of a victim in this account, but moreso a real human being.


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