Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette : The Journey

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'Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here ... Fascinating' GUARDIAN'Beautifully paced, impeccably written ... Don't miss it' INDEPENDENT'Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate' SUNDAY TIMES 'Superbly researched ... the definitive work on the ill-fated queen' CATHOLIC HERALDMarie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.Antonia Fraser examines her influence over the king, Louis XVI, the accusations and sexual slurs made against her, her patronage of the arts which enhanced French cultural life, her imprisonment, the death threats made against her, rumours of lesbian affairs, her trial (during which her young son was forced to testify to sexual abuse by his mother) and her eventual execution by guillotine in 1793.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 46mm | 480.81g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 48 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 075381305X
  • 9780753813058
  • 92,634

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Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail Hazel Mills GUARDIAN
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That fatal combination of a magnificent story, magnificently well told. It's the perfect book in which to lose yourself when you can afford to do nothing else for a day or so. -- Lucy Worsley * WAITROSE WEEKEND * A superbly researched book which will clearly become the definitive work on the ill-fated queen -- Margot Lawrence * CATHOLIC HERALD * An authoritative, sympathetic and beautifully written life of the much maligned queen -- Charles Osborne * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * [Fraser] has written a fine biography . . . A fine and rewarding book -- Douglas Johnson * SPECTATOR * Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate -- Miranda Seymour * SUNDAY TIMES * Fraser sets out to rescue Marie Antoinette from the shadow of the guillotine, and she does this with resounding success -- Ruth Scurr * THE TIMES * In MARIE ANTOINETTE, Fraser's superb gifts of narrative, characterisation and eye for salient detail are deployed to greater effect than ever before -- Mark Bostridge * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * A sparkling new biography . . . Antonia Fraser writes beautifully, with impressively shrewd judgement . . . This is a fine book and a very good read -- Desmond Seward * DAILY MAIL * This beautifully paced, impeccably written biography is destined to generate the same success as Antonia Fraser's previous work. Don't miss it -- Andrea Stuart * INDEPENDENT * A hugely well-researched work . . . MARIE ANTOINETTE is a heroic and tragic exercise in identification * DAILY TELEGRAPH * Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, it's all here, adorned by often fascinating, at times esoteric detail -- Hazel Mills * GUARDIAN *
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About Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, including the biographies MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (a 40th anniversary edition was published in May 2009), CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II and THE GUNPOWDER PLOT (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMEN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ENGLAND (Wolfson Award for History, 1984), THE WARRIOR QUEENS: BOADICEA'S CHARIOT, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY (Franco-British Literary Prize 2001), which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and most recently LOVE AND LOUIS XIV: THE WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF THE SUN KING. She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. Antonia Fraser was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature. Her most recent book is MUST YOU GO?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008. She lives in London.Visit Antonia Fraser's website at
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