The Bad Queen

The Bad Queen : Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette

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History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned--and so misunderstood--as Marie-Antoinette.From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone--courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people--but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can't help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette's lifestyle gets ever-more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty--and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. "Includes historical notes, an author's note, and a bibliography."
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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 420 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 589.67g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0152063765
  • 9780152063764
  • 1,741,156

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Marie-Antoinette leaves her country and everything behind at a young age to marry the dauphin of France. While excited at the prospect of making such an important match, she doens't realize what it will entail. She soon learns there are numerous rules and protocols to follow - whether she believes them to be right or not. There are plenty of people who want her to fail, and not many wishing to become her friend. Marie-Antoinette fumbles through trying to please everyone, but makes waves in the process, often unintentionally. Besides problems with the court rules, she finds she can't relate to her husband. They have nothing in common. While she attempts small talk, even that can't go very far. Even though he is of a similar age, he wants nothing to do with her. Their martial problems fuel gossip at court. According to the French people and her mother, it is her job to make the marriage work and her fault if no heirs are produced. After the king's death, Marie-Antoinette lives more freely. She gravitates towards a younger crowd, inviting them to fancy parties held away from court. She fixes up a property given to the former king's mistress, and then begins work on a small village for her comfort. In these places, she feels free, away from the pressures of court and from prying eyes. However, the construction and the parties cost a fortune. The French people are not amused, as many began to go hungry. They want justice for their troubles. Marie-Antoinette becomes their target, and soon no one is safe. THE BAD QUEEN provides an in-depth look at one of the most famous royals often portrayed as a villain. In actuality, Marie-Antoinette was a young girl with enormous power who enjoyed entertaining. Meyer portrays her as a girl who doesn't notice the situation around her, who is loyal to her husband in times of trouble, and who doesn't understand the French, but one who will live on in more
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