The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of... show more
Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution. Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France’s doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.Erickson brilliantly captures the queen’s voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.
Publish date: August 8th 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 343
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
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, 18th Century
, French Revolution
So, this was different. I didn't care for this. It changed the idea of Marie Antoinette from what history shows to something else entirely. Now, I am not necessairly saying that she deserved what happened but this book tried to make her a saint, minus her adultry, which was made into a huge love sto...
An interesting fictional account centered around a diary left behind by Marie Antoinette before her death so that her thoughts, motivations, dreams and disappointments would not die with her. Carolly Erickson gives her reader a very human account of a very misunderstood woman. Who couldn’t sympath...
An excellent book - loved the diary style and reading more about Marie Antoinette. I'm really getting into the historical fiction genre (especially the Tudor era), and wanted to read more about Marie Antoinette's life after watching a movie recently.