Marie-Therese : The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter
In December 1795, seventeen-year-old Marie-Therese, the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris's notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents' brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortured in an adjacent cell. She emerged to an uncertain future: an orphan, exile and focus of political plots and marriage schemes of the crowned heads of Europe. Susan Nagel tells a remarkable story of an astonishing woman whose life was shrouded in mystery, from her birth in front of rowdy crowds at Versailles, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration and, finally, her reincarnation as Saint and Matriarch.
- Paperback | 448 pages
- 128 x 196 x 36mm | 281.23g
- 07 Aug 2009
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- UK ed.
- Illustrations (chiefly col.), map
'A poignant biography that recreates royalty, terror, tragedy, revolution, and restoration with verve and vividness' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'A powerful story told with wonderful verve: a triumph' Amanda Foreman 'Masterly and compelling a triumph' Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles 'An utterly compelling biography' Daily Express
About Susan Nagel
Susan Nagel is the author of Mistress of the Elgin Marbles, a critically acclaimed biography of Mary Nisbet, the Countess of Elgin. A professor in the humanities department of Marymount Manhattan College, she lives in New York.
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Susan Nagel has done a remarkable job, writing a compelling biography about a woman so many history books have forgotten. Not only is this an effortless and enjoyable read, but Nagel has provided the right amount of context to understand the tragedies this girl experienced and the way they shaped her into the pious and sorrowful woman she became. Nagel also discusses the conspiracy of the 'switch' but after presenting the reader with the facts refrains from forcing her own opinion forward, allowing the reader to determine for herself whether the Dark Countess and Marie Therese are one and the same.show moreby Ariel Armarego-Marriott