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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Antonia Fraser
0385489498
November 2002
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Book Review
In the past, Antonia Fraser's bestselling histories and biographies have focused on people and events in her native England, from Mary Queen of Scots to Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. Now she crosses the Channel to limn the life of France's unhappiest queen, bringing along her gift for fluent storytelling, vivid characterization, and evocative historical background. Marie Antoinette (1755-93) emerges in Fraser's sympathetic portrait as a goodhearted girl woefully undereducated and poorly prepared for the dynastic political intrigues into which she was thrust at age 14, when her mother, Empress Maria Theresa, married her off to the future Louis XVI to further Austria's interests in France. Far from being the licentious monster later depicted by the radicals who sent her to the guillotine at the height of...


Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
Stefan Zweig
0802139094
August 2002
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Book Description
Life at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has long captivated readers, drawn by accounts of the intrigues and pageantry that came to such a sudden and unexpected end. Stefan Zweig's Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a dramatic account of the guillotine's most famous victim, from the time when as a fourteen-year-old she took Versailles by storm, to her frustrations with her aloof husband, her passionate love affair with the Swedish Count von Fersen, and ultimately to the chaos of the French Revolution and the savagery of the Terror. An impassioned narrative, Zweig's biography focuses on the human emotions of the participants and victims of the French Revolution, making it both an engrossingly compelling read and a sweeping and informative history. "Certainly no one can arise unmoved from...


To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette
Carolly Erickson
0312322054
July 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This smoothly written biography concentrates on social history, although Erickson ( Bonnie Prince Charlie ) also details the political and economic background of 18th-century France. Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was raised the daughter of Empress Maria Theresa in the Viennese court of the Hapsburgs, at whose lavish balls and fetes as many as 10,000 guests might dine. But Versailles, where she reigned after marrying King Louis XVI of France, glittered even more, and Erickson recreates its life aptly, describing the elaborate clothes, the duties of courtiers, the rigid etiquette. While the queen's education had equipped her for the role of royal hostess, she was ill-prepared to deal with the intrigues surrounding her. At first timid, fearful and passive, Antoinettesic gradually grew brittle and hardened by "a...


The Lost King of France
Deborah Cadbury
0312320299
Oct 2003
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Review
Praise for The Lost King of France

"Absolutely stupendous . . . This is history as it should be. I can't praise it highly enough. It is stunningly written; I could not put it down. This is the best account of the French Revolution I have ever read."
---Alison Weir, author of Henry VII: The King and His Court

"A wonderful book . . . Deborah Cadbury's fascinating account of a child victim of revolutionary brutality is a masterly synthesis of science and narrative history that provides a definitive solution to a celebrated mystery. Authoritative, lucid, and utterly absorbing."
---Anne Somerset, author of Elizabeth I

"A first-class read---informative, entertaining, and a great, grand adventure. Most noteworthy."
---Margaret George, author of The Autobiography of Henry...


Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Antonia Fraser
038548948X
September 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the past, Antonia Fraser's bestselling histories and biographies have focused on people and events in her native England, from Mary Queen of Scots to Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. Now she crosses the Channel to limn the life of France's unhappiest queen, bringing along her gift for fluent storytelling, vivid characterization, and evocative historical background. Marie Antoinette (1755-93) emerges in Fraser's sympathetic portrait as a goodhearted girl woefully undereducated and poorly prepared for the dynastic political intrigues into which she was thrust at age 14, when her mother, Empress Maria Theresa, married her off to the future Louis XVI to further Austria's interests in France. Far from being the licentious monster later depicted by the radicals who sent her to the guillotine at the height of...


Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At the American Film Institue
George Stevens (Editor)
140004054X
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This superb collection of interviews from AFI seminars, edited by Stevens (who is a writer, director and producer, and founder of the AFI), lets cinema masters tell their stories. Stevens opens each chapter with a succinct, entertaining description of the artist and his or her work, followed by a fascinating q&a. He has edited the material with grace and clarity, allowing the personality of each subject—as well as an inside look at the industry—to emerge. Though most of the personalities are directors, including silent-film pioneer Harold Lloyd, Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, other craftspeople provide important insights into filmmaking. Cinematographer James Wong Howe gives pointers on lighting and framing, while writer Ernest Lehman describes the challenges of adapting...


Marie Antoinette
Deena Goodman
0415933951
Mar 2003
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Review
"With superb and intriguing scholarship, these essays capture the complexity of Marie-Antoinette's image from the Old Regime to the present day. The collection stands out for its readability and its insightful analysis of the representation of gender, politics, and sexuality."
–Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Marie-Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen brilliantly captures the many facets of the legendary Queen. Through their analyses of correspondence, pamphlets, archives, and iconography, the authors show the complex networks of slander and passion that shaped Marie-Antoinette's fate. Ultimately, the book also provides sobering insights into the suspicions always generated by the fear of women's empowerment."
–Marie-Helene Hunt, Princeton...


Mary, Queen of Scots
Antonia Fraser
038531129X
September 1993
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Lynne Auld
The tragic life of Mary, Queen of Scots has long fascinated students of history and dreamy young girls alike. In this scholarly, comprehensive, and moving biography, Antonia Fraser skillfully guides the reader through the genealogical labyrinths and convoluted intrigues of the Scottish, English and French courts. Born in 1542, six days before the death of her father, Mary Stuart is crowned Queen of Scotland in her infancy and begins her life as the pawn of the powerful who surrounded her. Raised in Catholic France and married at fifteen to France's young dauphin in alliance against the Protestant English, Mary becomes Queen of France at sixteen and a widow at eighteen. Returning to Scotland, Mary - culturally a Frenchwoman - faces the challenges of ruling an unpredictable, fractious,...


The Queen's Necklace: Marie Antoinette and the Scandal that Shocked and Mystified France
Frances Mossiker
1842126148
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Written in 1961 and now back in print, this classic and fascinating true crime story stars none other than Marie Antoinette. Four years before the French Revolution, some priceless diamonds were purchased in elaborate secrecy from a court jeweler. The jewels, not yet paid for, were delivered into the hands of the first Prelate of the Church of France. He, in turn, gave it to a countess who claimed to be acting for Marie Antoinette. Although essentially an innocent bystander, the Queen became embroiled in a scandal that fatally weakened the monarchy.


When Angels Die
Jeanne Marie Antoinette
059521486X
Jan 2002
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Book Description
Eleven-year old Jeanne Marie, daughter of an American military officer stationed in post war Germany, is abducted and raped. Life is forever altered as she wakes from this experience with an unwelcome dark gift. The haunting memoirs of this nationally acclaimed clairvoyant are based on her true experiences, as she is compelled to take on the inconceivable task of helping lost children by “seeing” through the eyes of missing and murdered victims. In bone chilling detail, Jeanne Marie recounts her involvement in several sensational cases, among them, an untold story of Adam Walsh. After years of the personally painful and terrifying ordeal of living through these deaths, Jeanne Marie reluctantly agrees to help a DEA agent find a missing murder witness. But as she peers through the eyes of this missing girl,...


Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France
Evelyne Lever
0312283334
September 2001
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Book Review
This highly readable translation of French historian Evelyne Lever's 1991 biography captures all the drama and pathos of Marie Antoinette's short life. Born in 1755, this carefree, fun-loving daughter of Austrian empress Maria Theresa inherited neither her mother's political shrewdness nor her sense of duty. She was married off at 14 to the stolid, clumsy French Dauphin, who would not fully consummate their marriage for another seven years, at which point he was King Louis XVI and their marital difficulties were the subject of public ridicule. She consoled herself by retreating to the artificial village she constructed at Trianon, where she could be free of the court etiquette she hated and indulge in expensive amusements that only increased her unpopularity. Her rare incursions into politics were just as ill judged; she...


Pierre Julien
Michael Preston Worley
0595294715
Sept 2003
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Book Description
Pierre Julien: Sculptor to Queen Marie-Antoinette is a scholarly study of the artist (1731–1804) who rose from humble beginnings, the son of an illiterate carpenter, to become professor at the Paris Académie and director of the sculptural decoration at Marie-Antoinette’s dairy at Rambouillet (1785–87), a surprise gift from Louis XVI. A moderate during the Revolution, Julien became one of the original members of the Institut National (1795). He executed life-size marble statues, part of the Great Men series, small works in terra cotta, and mythological figures such as Ganymede, Narcissus, and Cupid. His masterpieces are Amalthea, or Girl with Goat, the centerpiece at Rambouillet, and two statues in the Louvre: the Dying Gladiator, his reception-piece to the...


Marie Antoinette & Count Fersen
Evelyn Farr
0720609607
July 1996
Hardcover
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Antonia Fraser
0739340069
August 22, 2006
Compact Disc
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Review
“Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive.” –The Washington Post

“Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Absorbing as ever. Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received.” –The New Yorker


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book Description
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...


Marie Antoinette: The Journey
Antonia Fraser
0307277747
August 22, 2006
Paperback
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Review
“Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive.” –The Washington Post

“Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Absorbing as ever. Fraser’s blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received.” –The New Yorker

Book Description
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...

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