Marie Antoinette and the decline of French monarchy

by Lotz, Nancy, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2005
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Young Adult Biography YA 92 ANT
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Collection  Young Adult Biography
Call Number  YA 92 ANT
Of all the daughters of the formidable Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Archduchess Maria Antonia was the least prepared to become queen of France. Sweet and kind, she did not like school and showed no interest in politics. Nevertheless, at age fourteen she was sent to the opulent palace at Versailles, outside Paris, to marry the future King Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette's new husband, intelligent but shy and indecisive, was not a strong king. His days were filled with hunting, and hers with games and socializing. Neither seemed aware of the tension building in France because of high taxes, scarce food, and political injustice. The queen's spending habits and foreign birth caused the people of France to turn their anger on her. When the French Revolution erupted in 1789, Louis was unable to maintain control. He was arrested, imprisoned, then beheaded; Marie Antoinette followed him to the guillotine nine months later. Marie Antoinette and the Decline of French Monarchy brings to life the tragic story of the lovely but naive queen who paid with her life for the mistakes of the entire ruling class Book jacket.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 9-12. YAs who associate Marie Antoinette with frivolous excess may be surprised by the positive portrayal in this biography. Divided at age 14 from her Austrian homeland and forced to marry the awkward, lumbering heir to the French throne, the young dauphine faced indisputably tough circumstances. Unfortunately, the authors present the queen as the innocent target of a restive public's ire without consistently offering supporting evidence. Though the more sympathetic view is widely accepted by modern historians (many of whose own analyses are listed in the concluding bibliography), neglecting to support one's conclusions and acknowledge surmise where it occurs does a disservice to young readers. Despite imperfections, though, this entry in the new European Queens series provides an engaging point of entry into the history of the French Revolution. Moreover, for YA appeal, it's hard to beat a historical figure whose story features a controversial diamond necklace, public speculation about the royals' troubled sex life, and, of course, a tragic, bloody conclusion. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series European queens.
Subjects Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Juvenile literature.
Queens -- France -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Greensboro, NC :Morgan Reynolds Pub.,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Phillips, Carlene, 1938-
Language English
Description 160 pages : color illustrations ; 24cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 154-155) and index.
ISBN 1931798281 (library binding)
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