Aug 10, 2020
Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Posted by Antonia Fraser

Never before has the life of Marie Antoinette been told so intimately and with such authority as in Antonia Fraser s newest work, Marie Antoinette The Journey Famously known as the eighteenth century French queen whose excesses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was blamed for instigating the French Revolution But the story of her journey begun as a fourteen year oldNever before has the life of Marie Antoinette been told so intimately and with such authority as in Antonia Fraser s newest work, Marie Antoinette The Journey Famously known as the eighteenth century French queen whose excesses have become legend, Marie Antoinette was blamed for instigating the French Revolution But the story of her journey begun as a fourteen year old sent from Vienna to marry the future Louis XVI to her courageous defense before she was sent to the guillotine reveals a woman of greater complexity and character than we have previously understood We stand beside Marie Antoinette and witness the drama of her life as she becomes a scapegoat of the Ancien Regime when her faults were minor in comparison to the punishments inflicted on her The youngest daughter, fifteenth out of sixteen children, of Austrian empress Maria Teresa and Francis I, Marie Antoinette was sent on a literal journey by her mother from Vienna to Versailles with the expectation that she would further Austrian interests at all times Yet, Marie Antoinette was by nature far from interested in state affairs and much inclined to exert a gracious, philanthropic role, patronizing the arts especially music, as royalty would come to behave in the nineteenth century Despite this the French accused her of political interference and wrote scandalous tracts against her, mocking her lack of sophistication Meanwhile, longing for a family and the birth of an heir who would have cemented the Franco Austro alliance, the French queen had to endure than eight years of public humiliation for her barren marriage before the delivery of her first of four children As these problems unfold, AntoniaFraser also weaves a richly detailed account of Marie Antoinette s other, poignant journey from the ill educated and unprepared girl who sought refuge in pleasure as a consolation into a magnificent, courageous woman who defied her enemies at her trial with consummate intelligence, arousing the admiration of even the most hostile revolutionaries Brilliantly written, Marie Antoinette is a work of impeccable scholarship Drawing on a wealth of family letters and other archival materials, Antonia Fraser successfully avoids the hagiography of some the French queen s admirers and the misogyny of many of her critics The result is an utterly riveting and intensely moving book by one of our finest biographers.

  • Title: Marie Antoinette: The Journey
  • Author: Antonia Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780385489485
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marie Antoinette The Journey Never before has the life of Marie Antoinette been told so intimately and with such authority as in Antonia Fraser s newest work Marie Antoinette The Journey Famously known as the eighteenth century

    Saleh MoonWalker

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    K.D. Absolutely

    Next Saturday, October 16th will be her 217th Death Anniversary On that same day, 217 years ago, Marie Antoinette or Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna 1755 1793 was executed by guillotine She was convicted of treason Nine months prior to that her husband, King Louis XIV was executed These all happened at the height of the French Revolution 1789 1799.Marie Antoinette was a victim from birth to death Her marriage to King Louis XIV was a move to forge alliances among the warring countries included in t [...]

    Alice Poon

    This was my second Antonia Fraser book, the first being The Wives of Henry VIII Thorough research and minute attention to details is the clear mark of both Personally I found the writing of Marie Antoinette The Journey to be lucid and less confusing Perhaps this passage in the Epilogue best sums up the book A scapegoat was in fact what Marie Antoinette became Among other things, she would be blamed for the whole French Revolution, by those who optimistically looked to one guilty individual as a [...]

    Jane Vandre

    As a former French major in college, I really enjoyed this book and learned so much about this period of time and the dynamics of the monarchy in France While at times it was difficult to keep all the characters straight since they had multiple names titles, I found that the overall narrative was compelling Most people today have little sympathy for this queen, but I came away from this book with a much altered impression of her character and personality She was truly in an impossible positiona [...]


    Not only does Antonia Frasier dispell the rumor that Marie Antoinette ever uttered let them eat cake when told that the French were starved for bread, she gives a fuller picture of the queen that shows her than just an extravagant self involved royal out of touch with reality Frasier packs in gossipy details that keep this from being a dry read.Marie Antoinette is born to be a pawn in her mother s Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa bid to expand Hapsburg power and influence At the age of 14, a deal [...]


    Marie is bae.


    I am not a history buff, so it s hard for me to judge if this book is historically accurate What I can attest to is that Antonia Fraser knows how to write a very engaging non fictional narrative And from my limited experience with non fiction, it is a hard thing to do Marie Antoinette doesn t appear to be an overly objective book, the tone of it is very involved and I guess that s what makes it so readable Fraser paints a very sympathetic portrait of Marie Antoinette, who at some point in French [...]

    Ana Mardoll

    Marie Antoinette 0 385 48949 8I love reading and learning about Marie Antoinette as a historical figure she had such a fascinating life, and was such an interesting person but I could not have been disappointed with this book I m really surprised that it has so many high ratings, so take my review with a grain of salt, but I just found this book to be a complete chore to wade through.It s really frustrating to see Fraser take such a fascinating historical figure and rob her of all interest with [...]

    Harriet M.

    This was a good for a beach ready kind of history Fraser s good in terms of readability, but she bends over backwards to explain how Antoinette was misunderstood without really coming to terms with the complexity of her public face I would have liked footnotes, although I m probalby not the target audience in that regard I REALLY would have liked some editing, not just in terms of overall repetitiousness, but in terms of readability Fraser writes engagingly and well most of the time, but every [...]

    Megan Medley

    I have a slight fascination with Marie Antoinette She is what led me to study the French Revolution whe I did my minor in History While in Paris, I wanted to visit everything related to her, and when anything on the History Channel comes on about the French Rev I must watch it She is probably one of the most misunderstood monarchs I suppose it s unjust of me to sympathize with her, but she too, was just a girl Married at 14 to a prince who knew nothing about how to rule a kingdom Forced to learn [...]


    And it only took me 11 years to finish it


    I ve read some great historical fiction on Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey s trilogy starting with Becoming Marie Antoinette comes to mind but this was my first nonfiction read on this doomed queen It was comprehensive and packed full of information, but never dragged This book also reinforced why I prefer to read nonfiction history books in paperback hardcover rather than on my Kindle there were lots of pictures included throughout the text I really like it when history books do this because when [...]


    LOVE LOVE LOVE This book took me a while to get through because of Mrs Fraser s dense style of writing but also because I tried to savor each moment of this biography Somehow Antonia Fraser writes in a no nonsense way yet allows the reader to hear the music, and the swish of Marie Antoinette s skirts as she walked through Versailles This book takes the reader on a journey through an incredible life, causing me to laugh, cry and at one point throw the book I was so incensed at the injustices agai [...]


    This book was one of Sofia Coppola s primary sources for her movie Marie Antoinette and anyone who s seen the movie will enjoy finding all the quotes used in the movie that the historical figures actually said It s a good biography and, unlike Coppola s movie, actually tells you what happened to Marie Antoinette and her family after the mob arrested them and brought them to Paris Fraser goes a little out of her way to portray Marie Antoinette as just a misunderstood but good hearted person the w [...]


    Fascinating, well written, and tragic.

    Dana Loo

    Conoscevo sommariamente la vita e la tragica fine di Maria Antonietta ma, averne letto dettagliatamente ogni fase della sua vita fino al momento della sua violenta morte, stato a dir poco commovente.Una biografia accuratissima questa della Fraser che ci fa conoscere una bambina trascurata alla corte d Austria, poi usata come pedina e merce di scambio per i disegni politici di due nazioni, quindi sposa bambina che dovette attendere pi di sette anni per consumare il matrimonio con Luigi XVI, un gi [...]


    Although it took me so long to read it that I had to pay tremendous fines at the library ahem I did enjoy this book and a better understanding of Marie Antoinette I certainly learned a lot about Marie Antoinette and the French Court and Revolution, and I liked that it was easy to read but not sensationalized I was disappointed, though, that Antonia Fraser, rather than simply writing about Marie Antoinette s life, projected across her views of Marie Antoinette through her writing, forcing me if I [...]

    Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)

    4.5Having read technically listened to this, I can see why this is typically seen as the Bible to Marie Antoinette, much like how Eric Ives The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn is the Bible for Anne Boleyn Fraser casts Marie in a very good light, making her seem smart and powerful and very much like the Queen of France, dispelling rumors that have stuck with her throughout the years, such as Let them eat cake or that she had many lovers.See, when I was a kid, I read diaries for the royals The three [...]


    I enjoyed this quite a bit I haven t read anything else about Marie Antoinette, but I felt that Fraser did a good job of telling Marie Antoinette s dramatic story without anticipating its terrible ending, as she writes in the author s note Here and there she mentions that something will have greater consequences in the future, but she does so in a straightforward manner, with no melodrama Much as is the case with Alison Weir s Six Wives of Henry VIII, Fraser has produced a deeply researched book [...]


    As a little girl, Marie Antoinette was an Archduchess of Austria She later married Louis XVI, the future king of France They ruled France in the late 18th century, but that came to an end via the French Revolution They had to run for their lives, which in the end, they both lost This is her biography, so it s nonfiction.This was very good I must admit to not knowing a lot about her, the time period, or the other people involved, so I learned a lot Because I don t know as many people, at times th [...]


    It s no surprise that this book took me forever to get through, it is a really dense, long history book Despite this fact I really enjoyed it I didn t know much about Marie Antoinette prior to reading this, but I was very interested in her life, and now I feel like I know practically everything about her The author definitely has a sympathetic view of the doomed queen, which is not a bad thing in this case It really seems like bad luck was really Marie Antoinette s problem I would definitely re [...]


    Three stars for a very well written biography, but minus two for the difficulty in user reader friendliness I don t think I would ve read this whole thing if it wasn t so darned interesting to me It has alot of very difficult words wording because in my opinion it was written by a famous historian rather than a great writer if you will It s loaded with historical facts about what we know of Marie Antoinette the person, which is extremely interesting especially since she lead such an interesting [...]


    I love biographies And a good biography to me is one where the author presents all the facts and refrains from injecting their own opinion, which I imagine would be difficult to do I felt that too often Antonia Fraser injected her own opinions instead of just stating the facts With that being said I have never read a biography on Marie Antoinette and enjoyed learning about her life Although the author did a good job in keeping the book interesting and not too dry, at times it was difficult for [...]


    An absolute intriguing historical figure I think all the injustice she faced makes me just love her

    SaЯRah Muhammad

    Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, and Georgiana Cavendish nee Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire were two of the most famous women of the 18th century When the Duchess visited France and met the Queen, the two women discovered they had a lot in common and became life long friends So, what are the similarities between them Overbearing mothers both Countess Spencer and Empress Maria Theresa loved their daughters very much, but this love was very often suffocating The two women were convinced they alw [...]


    I saw the movie based on this book in the theater when it came out, and I didn t like it that much I guess it was too subtle for me I saw it again recently and liked it .So I decided to read the book The movie only goes up to the leaving of Versailles, not the horrible denouement of the story In some ways, that fits the tone of the film better the fall from grace, the decline of Eden, and we all know what happens next And the book turns at this point from an analysis and interpretation of histor [...]


    It is always the sign of a good book when you find yourself slowing down upon nearing the end instead of speeding up, reluctant to come to a close All the so when the book is the story of a life and, in slowing down, you somehow try to put off the inevitable death at the end I definitely found that with this excellent biography of Marie Antoinette knowing her fate from the outset I still found myself dreading the last few pages, utterly engrossed in this fascinating personality.From the moment [...]


    I originally read this not long after publication and, though I didn t rate it highly then, I always intended to try again I m glad now that I did This is a well written, well researched, and thoughtful account of Marie Antoinette s short life But it also has considerable flaws.Antonia Fraser clearly set out to portray her subject sympathetically than has been typical in the past She successfully debunks many of the old myths that immortalized Antoinette as selfish, dissipated, and empty headed [...]

    Shahine Ardeshir

    If you re interested in an unbiased, detailed account of the life of Marie Antoinette, this is the right book to pick up Students of history are always taught that they should refer to multiple sources to form an opinion about a historic event or personality and that s exactly what Antonia Fraser did.With painstaking detail, the author has put together jigsaw pieces from multiple sources to tell the story of the unfortunate queen of France, Marie Antoinette This book is well written, detailed an [...]


    Very good book I ve never read a bio of her before, nor an extended history of France at the end of the ancien regime I knew that she probably had never said let them eat cake I didn t know that it was a commonplace saying put on the lips of other royals already nearly a century earlier Beyond tidbits of learning like that, there s real history and biography alike.Fraser gives a good profile of Marie as a person, first of all That includes detailing her personal development as Dauphine, then as [...]

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