Marie Antoinette: France's Most Controversial Queen
Marie Antoinette is most famously remembered as 'Madame Deficit'. Unlike the image portrayed by those who led the French Revolution, Marie was a well-intentioned philanthropist, devoted mother, and free spirit. This short historical account details the truth behind the Queen's childhood, spending, and rumoured love affairs.
As a woman who had an unconventional Austrian childhood, Marie was only ever going to live her life in the only care free way she knew how. As well as gambling and partying, Marie's kind hearted character led to her forgoing many luxuries, and engaging in acts of charity. As she grew in France, Marie was subjected to ridicule over the first sexless seven years of her marriage, and would later watch two of her children die before their time. Her life ended in Paris, and she spent her last weeks without her husband or children, before being executed as a falsely-accused paedophile and national traitor.
Marie Antoinette's life was one of joy, sadness, and scandal. This short history tells her story, in a very forgiving light.
- Ashleigh Jenson, August 2012
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