Download or read book Marie Antoinette written by Antonia Fraser and published by Anchor. This book was released on 2001 with total page 590 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII. France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette written by Antonia Fraser and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2010-06-24 with total page 640 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: '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 HERALD Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine méchante', 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.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette written by Antonia Fraser and published by . This book was released on 2006 with total page 255 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Das Schicksal der legendären letzten Königin von Frankreich Die Grande Dame der englischen Biographen-Zunft, Lady Antonia Fraser, schildert das Leben der letzten Monarchin von Frankreich: Vom jungen Mädchen, das sich fern der österreichischen Heimat am Versailler Hof zurechtfinden muss, bis zur angefeindeten Königin, die schließlich vor den Augen eines aufgehetzten Volkes guillotiniert wird. Einfühlsam, aber ohne jede Sentimentalität beschreibt Fraser das Schicksal dieser Frau und entwirft gleichzeitig das lebendige und anschauliche Portrait eines Landes an einem historischen Wendepunkt. Sofia Coppolas neuester Kinofilm "Marie Antoinette" basiert auf Antonia Frasers Buch. Der Film startet Anfang November 2006 in den deutschen Kinos. Als die Kaiserin von Österreich, die mächtige Maria Theresia, sich im April des Jahres 1770 von ihrer Tochter Antoine verabschiedete, gab sie ihr folgende Worte mit auf den Weg: "Lebewohl, mein liebstes Kind, eine große Entfernung wird uns trennen ... Tue den Franzosen so viel Gutes, daß sie sagen können, ich hätte ihnen einen Engel gesandt." Danach brach sie in Tränen aus. Antoine, die als Marie Antoinette in die Geschichte einging, gibt bis heute Anlass zu erhitzten Diskussionen. Während die einen in ihr die "reine máchante", die bösartige Königin, sehen, die mit ihrem extravaganten Lebensstil die französische Monarchie geradezu in den Abgrund stürzte, sehen andere in ihr ein Opfer frauenfeindlicher Agitation und Geschichtsschreibung. Antonia Fraser zeichnet das Leben dieser außergewöhnlichen Frau nach. Sie schildert die Kindheit Marie Antoinettes am Habsburgischen Hof, die Rolle des jungen Mädchens als Figur auf dem politischen Schachbrett ihrer Mutter, die problematische Ehe mit dem französischen Dauphin, dem die Jagd wichtiger war, als mit seiner jungen Ehefrau einen Thronfolger zu zeugen. Anschaulich beschreibt Fraser das ausschweifende Leben der Königin am Hof von Versailles, ihren Einfluss als Mäzenin auf die Kunst ihrer Zeit, die Anschuldigungen und Angriffe gegen die "Österreicherin " und schließlich ihre Hinrichtung während der Französischen Revolution mitten in Paris im Jahre 1793. "Drama, Betrug, Religion und Sex. Es ist alles da." Guardian "Eine wunderbare Biographie, einfühlsam ohne sentimental zu sein, mit einem feinen Gespür für die Beschaffenheit dieser vergangenen Epoche." Literary Review "Lady Antonias unnachahmliche britische Mischung aus Analyse und Anmut, Präzision und Psychodrama, Geschichte und Geschichten fasziniert." Der Spiegel
Download or read book Love and Louis XIV written by Antonia Fraser and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2008-09-18 with total page 512 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mistresses and wives, mothers and daughters - Antonia Fraser brilliantly explores the relationships which existed between The Sun King and the women in his life. This includes not only Louis XIV's mistresses, principally Louise de La Vallière, Athénaïs de Montespan, and the puritanical Madame de Maintenon, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general, including his mother Anne of Austria, his two sisters-in-law who were Duchesses d'Orléans in succession, Henriette-Anne and Liselotte, his wayward illegitimate daughters, and lastly Adelaide, the beloved child-wife of his grandson.
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Download or read book Marie Antoinette s Present written by Marie-Alix Ravel and published by Marie-Alix Ravel. This book was released on 2011-11-08 with total page 193 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Throughout time, there have been people whose deaths changed the world so their lives and messages become eternal in our history books and consciousness.Marie Antoinette was born in Austria to a life of unimaginable wealth and unquestioned privileges. At the age of 14 she moved to France to marry the dauphin and at 18 became Queen of the most powerful country in Europe.When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, everything changed. Marie Antoinette had to grow up very fast. Despite of all her efforts, she lost everything and finished her life in a small cell of the Conciergerie.In the confinement of her cell, her life is suspended in time. Tribulation makes her realize who she is and she understands things are taken from her so that she will not remain earthbound and forgetful of her true immortal state.This tremendous transformation that helped her climb the stairs of the guillotine with natural heroism and die as a Queen in 1793 is for the first time ever revealed in ‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’.‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’ is the never-before-told true story of a young woman, Kiera, burdened with repetitive nightmares of an old wheel on a cobblestone road, wooden steps, a frisson of cold air on her neck and the bitter taste of metal in her mouth.Emptiness. Silence. Death.In order to uncover the truth behind her dream and its connection to her present and past relationships, Kiera courageously shares her spiritual and emotional journey toward the realization that she was indeed, Marie-Antoinette, the last queen of France.Let Marie Antoinette’s Present be the key of your universe as it was hers.Marie-Alix Ravel is a researcher in reincarnation. When Kiera Hermine comes to see her, she has a passion for this strange case. Dreams, inexplicable coincidences will push Marie-Alix to conduct a thorough investigation, guided by a strong natural intuition and years of experience. This story is based on real facts, and either you believe in reincarnation or not, ‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’ is a moving story in which the present meets the past so amazingly.
Download or read book The Royal Diaries Marie Antoinette Princess of Versailles Austria France 1769 written by Kathryn Lasky and published by Scholastic Inc.. This book was released on 2013-11-26 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky's MARIE ANTOINETTE is back in print with a gorgeous new package! To forge an incredibly powerful political alliance, thirteen-year-old Marie Antoinette of Austria is betrothed to Dauphin Louis Auguste, who will one day be the king of France. To prepare her for this awesome responsibility, she must be trained to write, read, speak French, dress, act . . . even breathe. Things become more difficult for her when she is separated from her family and sent to the court of Versailles to meet her future husband. Opinionated and headstrong Marie Antoinette must find a way to fit in at the royal court, and get along with her fiancé. The future of Austria and France falls upon her shoulders. But as she lives a luxurious life inside the palace gates, out on the streets the people of France face hunger and poverty. Through the pages of her diary, Marie captures the isolation, the lavish parties and gowns, her struggle to find her place, and the years leading up her ascendance of the throne . . . and a revolution.
Download or read book Confessions of Marie Antoinette written by Juliet Grey and published by Ballantine Books. This book was released on 2013-09-24 with total page 464 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A novel for fans of Philippa Gregory and Michelle Moran, Confessions of Marie Antoinette blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the first years of the French Revolution and the final days of the legendary French queen. Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril. Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains, above all, a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen secretly attempts to arrange her family’s rescue from the clutches of the rebels, she finds that they can neither outrun the dangers encircling them nor escape their shocking fate. Advance praise for Confessions of Marie Antoinette “Juliet Grey brings her trilogy on Marie Antoinette’s life to a triumphant finale, depicting with sensitivity and compelling vividness the collapse of a bygone glamorous world and the courageous transformation of its ill-fated queen.”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Queen’s Vow “A heartfelt journey with Marie Antoinette in her wrenching last days . . . We see the end looming that is still veiled from her eyes, and knowing her hopes are in vain makes it all the more poignant. Far from the ‘let them eat cake’ woman of legend, Juliet Grey’s Marie Antoinette reveals herself to be a person we can admire for her courage, her loyalty, and her love of her family and her adopted country, France.”—Margaret George Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.
Download or read book Becoming Marie Antoinette written by Juliet Grey and published by Ballantine Books. This book was released on 2011-08-09 with total page 480 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette. Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny? Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon. Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen. Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike. Praise for Becoming Marie Antoinette “A thoroughly enjoyable novel, brimming with delightful details. Grey writes eloquently and with charming humor, bringing ‘Toinette’ vividly to life as she is schooled and groomed—molded, quite literally—for a future as Queen of France, an innocent pawn in a deadly political game.”—Sandra Gulland, bestselling author of Mistress of the Sun and the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy “In her richly imagined novel, Juliet Grey meticulously recreates the sumptuous court of France's most tragic queen. Beautifully written, with attention paid to even the smallest detail, Becoming Marie Antoinette will leave readers wanting more!"—Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Madame Tussaud “A lively and sensitive portrait of a young princess in a hostile court, and one of the most sympathetic portrayals of the doomed queen.”—Lauren Willig, bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series “Wonderfully delectable and lusciously rich, an elegant novel to truly savor. Juliet Grey’s Marie Antoinette is completely absorbing.”—Diane Haeger, author of The Queen’s Rival “[A] sympathetic take on the fascinating and doomed Marie Antoinette.”—Publishers Weekly
Download or read book Marie Antoinette s Confidante written by Geri Walton and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2016-09-30 with total page 281 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Marie Antoinette has always fascinated readers worldwide. Yet perhaps no one knew her better than one of her closest confidantes, Marie Thérèse, the Princess de Lamballe. The Princess became superintendent of the Queens household in 1774, and through her relationship with Marie Antoinette, a unique perspective of the lavishness and daily intrigue at Versailles is exposed. Born into the famous House of Savoy in Turin, Italy, Marie Thérèse was married at the age of seventeen to the Prince de Lamballe; heir to one of the richest fortunes in France. He transported her to the gold-leafed and glittering chandeliered halls of the Château de Versailles, where she soon found herself immersed in the political and sexual scandals that surrounded the royal court. As the plotters and planners of Versailles sought, at all costs, to gain the favor of Louis XVI and his Queen, the Princess de Lamballe was there to witness it all. This book reveals the Princess de Lamballes version of these events and is based on a wide variety of historical sources, helping to capture the waning days and grisly demise of the French monarchy. The story immerses you in a world of titillating sexual rumors, bloodthirsty revolutionaries, and hair-raising escape attempts and is a must read for anyone interested in Marie Antoinette, the origins of the French Revolution, or life in the late 18th Century.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette written by Dena Goodman and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-10-23 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Marie-Antoinette is one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in all of French history. This volume explores the many struggles by various individuals and groups to put right Marie's identity, and it simultaneously links these struggles to larger destabilizations in social, political and gender systems in France. Looking at how Marie was represented in politics, art, literature and journalism, the contributors to this volume reveal how crucial political and cultural contexts were enacted "on the body of the queen" and on the complex identity of Marie. Taken together, these essays suggest that it is precisely because she came to represent the contradictions in the social, political and gender systems of her era, that Marie remains such an important historical figure.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette and the Hidden Door of Versailles written by Teri L. Reynolds and published by . This book was released on 2018 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Follow Marie Antoinette on an unexpected journey where she must choose between love and duty.Place: The Palace of VersaillesDate: November 1773A young Marie Antoinette has left her home in Austria and fulfilled her duty to marry Louis XVI. Late one night she steps through a hidden door and enters a world she does not know or understand. She must find courage and resourcefulness in order to survive.On her journey she encounters 2 strangers: a young man who seems honest and trustworthy, and an older, sinister man who looks at her with knowing eyes. When she inadvertently finds out her future fate, the stakes grow high. Her very life hangs in the balance.Marie’s sense of duty and loyalty demands that she find a way back to her former life, but she is torn. She has a choice to make. The door stands open... but time will not stand still.
Download or read book Female Portraiture and Patronage in Marie Antoinette s Court written by Sarah Grant and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-08-30 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This comprehensive book brings to light the portraits, private collections and public patronage of the princesse de Lamballe, a pivotal member of Marie-Antoinette’s inner circle. Drawing extensively on unpublished archival sources, Sarah Grant examines the princess’s many portrait commissions and the rich character of her private collections, which included works by some of the period’s leading artists and artisans. The book sheds new light on the agency, sorority and taste of Marie-Antoinette and her friends, a group of female patrons and model of courtly collecting that would be extinguished by the coming revolution.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette written by Helene Delalex and published by Getty Publications. This book was released on 2016-07-01 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793) continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers more than two centuries after her death. She became a symbol of the excesses of France’s aristocracy in the eighteenth century that helped pave the way to dissolution of the country’s monarchy. The great material privileges she enjoyed and her glamorous role as an arbiter of fashion and a patron of the arts in the French court, set against her tragic death on the scaffold, still spark the popular imagination. In this gorgeously illustrated volume, the authors find a fresh and nuanced approach to Marie-Antoinette’s much-told story through the objects and locations that made up the fabric of her world. They trace the major events of her life, from her upbringing in Vienna as the archduchess of Austria, to her ascension to the French throne, to her execution at the hands of the revolutionary tribunal. The exquisite objects that populated Marie-Antoinette’s rarefied surroundings—beautiful gowns, gilt-mounted furniture, chinoiserie porcelains, and opulent tableware—are depicted. But so too are possessions representing her personal pursuits and private world, including her sewing kit, her harp, her children’s toys, and even the simple cotton chemise she wore as a condemned prisoner. The narrative is sprinkled with excerpts from her correspondence, which offer a glimpse into her personality and daily life. Visually rich and engaging, Marie-Antoinette offers a fascinating look at the multifaceted life of France’s last, ill-fated queen.
Download or read book Marie Antoinette The Portrait of an Average Woman written by Stefan Zweig and published by Plunkett Lake Press. This book was released on 2019-08-09 with total page 570 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Originally published in 1932 and for decades since one of Stefan Zweig’s most popular biographies, this “portrait of an average woman,” betrothed at fourteen, crowned queen at nineteen, and beheaded at thirty-seven, aimed “not to deify, but to humanize.” Supplementing library and archival research with psychological insight,Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a vivid narrative of France’s most famous queen, her relations with her mother Empress Maria Theresa, her husband Louis XVI, and her lover Swedish Count von Fersen, set against the backdrop of the French and Austrian courts of the ancien régime, the French Revolution and the Terror. “... the biography to end all biographies on Marie Antoinette ... [Zweig's book] possesses all the qualities of the excellent biography — directness, frankness, full exposition, picturesqueness, characterization, color and delectable readableness.” —The New York Times “Powerful, magnificent, poignant…” — The New Republic “A stupendous and superb piece of work.” — Chicago Daily Tribune
Download or read book The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sofia Coppola written by Suzanne Ferriss and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2023-01-12 with total page 387 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sofia Coppola offers the first comprehensive overview of the director's impressive oeuvre. It includes individual chapters on her films, including The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010), The Bling Ring (2013), The Beguiled (2017), and On the Rocks (2020). While focused on her films, contributors also consider Coppola's shorter works for television, commercials and music videos, as well as explorations of the distinct elements of her signature style: cinematography, production/costume design, music, and editing. Additional chapters provide insights into the influences on her work, its popular and scholarly reception, and interpretations of key themes and issues. The international team of contributors includes leading scholars of film, music, fashion, celebrity and gender studies, visual and material culture, reception studies, as well as industry professionals. Their interdisciplinary insights capture the complexities of Coppola's work and its cultural significance.
Download or read book Royal Portraits in Hollywood written by Elizabeth Ford and published by University Press of Kentucky. This book was released on 2009-06-26 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the history of cinema, many film genres have gained and lost popularity with the changing times, but one has maintained its supreme reign—the royal biopic. In Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens, authors Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell follow the lives of historical queens as depicted on film from the 1930s to the present. Women as diverse as Catherine the Great, Cleopatra, Mary Stuart, and Marie Antoinette have been represented on the silver screen, dominating the masculine world of politics while maintaining their femininity. During the golden age of American film, these roles gave Hollywood a means of portraying powerful women without threatening the patriarchal social order. Depictions of the lives of queens have progressed from idealized and romanticized portraits to the more personal, complex portrayals of modern Hollywood. By walking the line between fact and fiction, these royal portraits of queens reveal just as much our society as they do about the historical periods they represent. Audiences are drawn to the theaters year after year because the lives of queens promise good drama and attract some of the most talented actresses. The success of Hollywood’s leading ladies in playing queens further solidifies the link between Hollywood royalty and authentic royalty. Actresses such as Bette Davis, Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Greta Garbo have done more than influence the way we imagine historical queens—they also have changed how we perceive women in powerful positions today. Royal Portraits in Hollywood analyzes seventy-five years of films about queens as well as the lives of the actresses who starred in them. Combining biographical sketches and excerpts from letters and journals, Ford and Mitchell show how filmmaking and our society’s perceptions of gender have changed. The authors compare Hollywood’s on-screen portrayals to the historical records, often drawing connections to the actresses’ careers and personal lives. This comprehensive analysis provides a more complete picture of the lives that take place behind the thrones—both real and fictional. The spectacle of a woman dressed in the full regalia of power remains a compelling image in our society. Hollywood actresses and the queens they portray are women who wield power, and by examining the lives of these women, the authors reveal not only society’s perceptions about female power but also how those perceptions continue to evolve.