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Whole French Revolution by those who optimistically looked to one guilty individual as a way of explaining the complex orrors of the past I am inclined to think that Marie Antoinette probably In Defense of a Liberal Education had a lethal fault iner stars that put Gender Is Fair Game her in the wrong place at the wrong time Be that as it might she and for that matter the French aristocrats couldave used common sense and curbed Wybór wierszy hertheir appetite for pleasure seeking and extravagance at a time when most French commoners were seen to be poverty stricken These vested interes Not only does Antonia Frasier dispell the rumor that Marie Antoinette ever uttered let them eat cake when told that the French were starved for bread she gives a fuller picture of the ueen that showser than just an extravagant self involved royal out of touch with reality Frasier packs in gossipy details that keep this from being a dry readMarie Antoinette is born to be a pawn in 11 Before 12 her mother s Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa bid to expand Hapsburg power and influence At the age of 14 a deal is cut for Antoine to marry the future king of France sealing an alliance between the two empires Immediately preparations begin to prepareer for the marriage Since birth Marie Antoinette like all good royal girls is groomed to be a feminine and submissive royal wife with lessons in dance music and etiuette unfortunately she is otherwise poorly educated even by 18th century standards At 15 she is wed to the French dauphin and shipped to France where she is expected with not so gentle prodding by POISONS D'AVRIL her mother and the French royal court to deliver a future king Until she deliverser position in France is uncertain Frasier details the early struggles of the teenage couple s marriage and the years it took them to finally consummate it while painting a vivid picture of royal life with the full court Marie Antoinette is dressed by ladies in waiting who get to The Theory Of Industrial Organization help based on rank The royals are crazyer mother through Antoinette s servants monitors LAbyssin her monthly periods others knew the details about when the ueen and king tried orad sex When she finally gives birth it s before a gathering of those invited based on rank Of course in 18th century France these were all matters of national importance indicating the future direction of the country It goes a long way to explaining why Marie Antionette and Louis XVI were so unprepared when they became king and ueen They were born to rule via a trusted circle of advisers of course but when the rules changed after the French Revolution neither Louis nor Marie Antionette who apparently Promise of Power had little influence iner Ever Dark husband s political decisions were bright enough politicians or visionary enough to see a new role for the monarchy and instead fought every measure to limit their power eventually even trying to get Austria to send in troops toelp restore them to the throne By the time the revolution rolls around Frasier Christian Faith 101 has drunken the kool aid and is fully on the King and ueen s side explaining why the royals did what they did Whether it be trying to preserve the King s power or their eventual failed escape from Paris she paints a picture of a king and ueen who were devoted to their children and believed the future of France was best served by keeping the king in power It wouldave been interesting to get perspective on the problems going on in the country and whether the King and ueen were totally disconnected as at least Marie Antionette seemed to be The French Revolution was bloody and eventually led to leaders killing previous leaders in a near continual cleansing and it s easy to believe that by the time of King Louis execution and then Marie Antoinette s that revolution leaders The Math Workshop had gone too far Even Thomas Paine argued that the family should be allowed to leave the country and resettle in America Because Frasier seems to be so behind the royal cause doomed toistory it s Babys Bathtime hard to feel like an impartial observer and I at times ended up arguing with the book for its characterization of the King and ueen s actions which comes off as a defense Frasier gives great insight into Marie Antionette s life and experience up to the end but she doesn t applyer critical eye to their actions leading to the revolution and during it At the same time she rightfully doesn t spare the revolutionaries I am not a She Left Me the Gun history buff so it sard for me to judge if this book is Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) historically accurate What I can attest to is that Antonia Fraser knowsow to write a very engaging non fictional narrative And from my limited experience with non fiction it is a Its Just Been Glorious hard thing to do Marie Antoinette doesn t appear to be an overly objective book the t This was a good for a beach ready kind ofistory Fraser s good in terms of readability but she bends over backwards to explain Cell how Antoinette was misunderstood without really coming to terms with the complexity ofer public face I would ave liked footnotes although I m probalby not the target audience in that regard I REALLY would ave liked some editing not just in terms of overall repetitiousness but in terms of readability Fraser writes engagingly and well most of the time but every now and then you arrive at these sentences that make no sense at all I prefer Fusiliers histories that try to stir up an argument or some kind of engagement with the reader I felt like I was beinganded a bill of goods. Ish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the ueen immersing the reader not only in the coming of age of a graceful woman but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place From the Trade Paperback editio.

As a former French major in college I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about this period of time and the dynamics of the monarchy in France While at times it was difficult to keep all the characters straight since they The American Nurse had multiple namestitles I found that the overall narrative was compelling Most people todayave little sympathy for this ueen but I came away from this book with a much altered impression of er character and personality She was truly in an impossible positiona ueen in a country where the royalty was expected to live in a certain fashion where in fact the people demanded it and yet where the resentment for that lifestyle would eventually be er demise It reminded me of the The Little Book of Puns hero worship of athletes and entertainment celebrities yet the gratification many feel when they are brought down It s as though we want them to be bigger than life and put them in that place yet resent it at the same time Anyway an interesting read for theistory buff You will most certainly come away with a much greater understanding of and sympathy for Marie Antoinette This is an interesting and extremely readable biography of the late ueenThis somewhat removes the ueens actual power and agencyAs the monarchy failed under Louis XVI Marie Antoinette stepped up politicallyShe was a major player in revolutionary And it only took me 11 years to finish it Next Saturday October 16th will be er 217th Death Anniversary On that same day 217 years ago Marie Antoinette or Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna 1755 1793 was executed by guillotine She was convicted of treason Nine months prior to that er The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations husband King Louis XIV was executed These allappened at the Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, height of the French Revolution 1789 1799Marie Antoinette was a victim from birth to death Her marriage to King Louis XIV was a move to forge alliances among the warring countries included in the Seven Years War Included in these countries were Austria where Marie Antoinette was an Archduchess and France where Louis Auguste who became King Louis XIV was a Dauphin Prior to their marriage France was used to be Austria s traditional enemy Even at the time ofer execution peasants were shouting Hang the Austrian woman Long live France Marie Antoinette did not dream of becoming a French ueen She just followed the wishes of er mother Empress Maria Theresa who she did not ave a good relation as the later ad er favorite Marie Antoinette s younger sister Maria Carolina Thus leaving Hamburg for Paris to live in Versailles was Marie Antoinette way of ending A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, her jealousy of being the less favoured daughter of the empressUnfortunately King Louis XIV did not loveer and it took time for their marriage to be consummated They Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) had 4 children and two of them died at their young age Their eldest survived Marie Therese Charlotte 1778 1851who later became Dauphine of France upon ascension ofer father in law to the throne of France in 1824 After the death of the first son who died at the age of 7 the second son third child was born Louis XVII 1785 1795 He too died but this time during the imprisonment of The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler her parents in the palace tower The line let them eat cake with them being theungry French peasants because of bread shortage Papyrus and Tablet has not been proven toave come from The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham her It first appeared in Jean Jacues Rousseau s Confessions but Rousseau did not name who the great princess was Marie Antoinette was never a political animal Shead no power and was content in playing A Foxs Love (American Kitsune her role as a ueen attending social functions and doing civic works Her unhappy marriage resulted toer becoming frivolous She dressed The Provocateur herself up extravagantly and wanted toave all the luxuries despite the poor economic condition of the country She was accused of everything from lesbianism occult and Trading Christmas having incestuous relation wither own sonThis is a Never an outbreak heartfelt biography of a misunderstood famous figure in Frenchistory She is said to be one of the 4 world famous French figures in the Pride history following Napoleon Bonaparte Joan of Arc and Charles de Gaulle According to Wiki Fraser s depiction of Marie Antoinetteere is kind For me that s baloney This work presented the balanced view of Marie Antoinette and is well documented as Fraser Men has all the footnotes and cross references Is anybodyere a mother was er eartfelt line during The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) her trial whener accuser brought up Step Out of Your Story her alleged incestuous relation wither own son Pardon me Sir I meant not to do it were The Eyes of the Dead her last words addressinger executioner when Marie Antoinette accidentally stepped on Rules for a Lady his toes oner way to the guillotine Oh yes like Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles her kingusband ABC he faceder trial and execution with grace Those last words that should Odd Man In have come from the people who condemneder in my Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale honest opinion Her being a political pawn and scapegoat was too tragic A ueen killed byer own people was too sad Excellent writing though Well researched Amazing biography Marie Antoinette 0 385 48949 8I love reading and learning about Marie Antoinette as a Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children historical figure shead such a fascinating life and was such an interesting person but I could not Carlyle Marney have been disappointed with this book I m really surprised that itas so many igh ratings so take my review with a grain of salt but I just found this book to be a complete chore to wade throughIt s really frustrating to see Fraser take such a fascinating istorical fig. France's iconic ueen Marie Antoinette wrongly accused of uttering the infamous Let them eat cake was alternately revered and reviled during er lifetime For centuries since she as been the object of debate speculation and the fascination.

Ure and rob Sacred Landscapes her of all interest with some of the dullest writing and bald assertions I ve ever seen in a biography I m sorry to say that the book reads like the worst ofigh school Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, history books dryly vomiting up names and dates with very little context and jumping about the map to cover events chronologically with very little effort made to tie events to one another with any sort of compelling or competent narrative Fraser seems to regard name dropping and uote dropping as being most crucial details and thus she neveresitates to drop in random uotes from various philosophers sooth sayers and poets even when doing so is distracting and detracts from the narrative flow Too much bald assertion is used Gold Rush here and to ill effect For example Fraser insists that Marie Antoinette s memorable re dressing ceremony was simply not bothersome or traumatic to the young woman because it was the fashion of the time not unusual at all and that shead after all been treated as a doll to be dressed up in this and that at the adults whim since childhood this was just one example of that process This may be personal preference but I dislike this style of writing in biographies either tell us Girl Reporter how the subject felt through actualistorical sources OR tell us Hunted how they mightave regarded an experience based on conjectures from personality documented through actual Gingerbread Heart historical sources Do notowever just attempt to channel the spirit of the biography from the depths of time and tell us ow they felt because it s just not accurate it s one woman s opinion The entire book is written in this vein and you just never get the impression that you re reading actual istory but rather Fraser s version of Biz Talk-2 how sheas decided it must Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, have been Whether you truster to be the expert and know what she is talking about is another matter I recommend avoiding this book As a source for Marie Antoinette I found it sadly lacking as much of what Fraser asserts as truth is undocumented at best As reading material I was repulsed by the turgid prose and by the jump around the map cram everything in without context and drop a lot of cool sounding uotes approach to A Historical Atlas of Tibet history Ana Mardoll I am giving for stars to this book which I cannot in conscience recommend to anyone Fraser s extensive research and brilliant discernment ultimately prove beyond a doubt that Marie Antoinette was a non entity who did not affect the cataclysmic events ofer era either one way or the other Fraser s nominal objective was to show that was made the scapegoat for the sins of several generations of the Bourbon dynasty of which she bore none of the responsibility However Marie Antoinette s critics were so The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, highly disreputable and such obvious liars that it is uestionable that any defense ofers was ever needed A strong point of Fraser s book is the remarkable portrait of the elaborate protocols and rituals of the Bourbon court that prevented Marie Antoinette and er usband Louis XV I from seeing what was Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) happening in the world Fraser is similarly brilliant at describing theow the courtiers at Versailles swarmed about Marie Antoinette extracting privileges and appointments for their family members while giving nothing in return neither warning Critical Social Theory and the End of Work her of the approaching dangers nor doing anything to saveer once the revolution ad begun Although uite aware Fraser neglects to point out that the elaborate rituals and practices of the Bourbon court ad been created to undermine the power of the aristocracy of France by Louis XIV By calling the nobles to Simple Wicca his courte cut them off from their power bases and through Protect Your Purity his complex protocole Theatre Histories had them scurrying about like rates in a labyrinth Unfortunatelyis dimwitted grandson Louis XVI fell into the trap created for the nobles and perished Fraser does Waterloo however spend a great deal of time on the incompetency of Louis XVI in bed and the psychological distress that it caused Marie Antoinette Anyone who enjoys good writing about sex will enjoy this bookA major thesis of Fraser is that the extravagance of Marie Antoinetteas been exaggerated since Yobo her day to the present time Her spending was uite in line with the traditions of both the Bourbon dynasty ander own Habsburg dynasty The spending of the Versailles court accounted for a modest 7% of the Royal Budget The real problem was that the interest on the debt created to fund the Seven Years War and the American Revolution ate up 41% of revenuesThe depth of the research and the uality of insight make Marie Antoinette an excellent book The problem for me was that Marie Antoinette truly was not a player of any significance in the great events Fraser demonstrates clearly that she was badly treated by The Last Runaway her familyer Sanctuary (The New World Series, husbander friends and er adopted country Moreover she was unjustly blamed for many things by the propagandists of the Revolution and by later istorians All of this makes Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) her a victim not a person ofistorical importance This was my second Antonia Fraser book the first being The Wives of Henry VIII Thorough research and minute attention to details is the clear mark of both Personally I found the writing of Marie Antoinette The Journey to be lucid and less confusing Perhaps this passage in the Epilogue best sums up the book A scapegoat was in fact what Marie Antoinette became Among other things she would be blamed for the. So often accorded illustrious figures in Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories history Married in mere girlhood this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in Europeanistory Antonia Fraser's lav.

Harold Pinter who died on Christmas Eve 2008 She lives in London