Marie Antoinette|Antonia Fraser
Marie Antoinette : The Journey
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The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII. France's beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era.


  • ISBN-13: 9780385489492
  • ISBN-10: 0385489498
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: November 2002
  • Dimensions: 8.16 x 5.16 x 1.19 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
  • Page Count: 544

Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Famous for her personal indulgences, as well as her vanity, France's controversial queen gets a break in Fraser's best-selling biography. Clearing up some misconceptions about a woman who was, in reality, surprisingly compassionate, Fraser paints a compelling portrait of an unwilling monarch trapped in a loveless marriage and ill-prepared to handle matters of state. Married at the age of 14 to Louis XVI—an act of diplomacy between Austria and France rather than a matter of the heart—Marie Antoinette entered into a life at court marked by scandal, tragedy and violence, as political upheaval swept through France. With unforgettable incidents, some of which have become the stuff of myth, this is the surprising story of a queen capable of pity and remorse, whose heart went out to her suffering subjects. A reading group guide is available in print and online at