Married for political reasons at the age of 14, Marie Antoinette was naive, impetuous, and ill-equipped for the role in which history cast her. From her birth in Vienna in 1755 through her turbulent, unhappy marriage, the bloody turmoil of the French Revolution, her trial for high treason during which she was accused of incest, and her final beheading, Marie Antoinette's life was the tragic tale of disastrous circumstances colliding.Drawing upon her diaries, letters, court records, and memoirs, Evelyne Lever paints a vivid portrait of Marie Antoinette, her inner circle, and the lavish court life at Versailles. What emerges is a surprisingly average woman thrust into a position for which she was wholly unprepared, a combination that proved disastrous both for her and for France.
"This spicy, unsparing chronicle reads as both a brainy bodice ripper and a fascinating morality tale." (Entertainment Weekly)
"[Lever] shines a penetrating light on the opulent Versailles subculture....This is an absorbing work of meticulous scholarship and easily supplants any recent biographies of the tragic queen." (Library Journal)
"A tempered and very accessible account....A valuable reassessment of a notorious life." (Booklist)
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