Marie Antoinette's darkest days : prisoner no. 280 in the Conciergerie

by Bashor, Will,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 MARIE ANTOINET
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 MARIE ANTOINET
 
 
Green Tree Public Library Adult Nonfiction 944.035 BAS
Location  Green Tree Public Library
 
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
 
Call Number  944.035 BAS
 
 
Summary
This compelling book begins on the 2nd of August 1793, the day Marie Antoinette was torn from her family's arms and escorted from the Temple to the Conciergerie, a thick-walled fortress turned prison. It was also known as the "waiting room for the guillotine" because prisoners only spent a day or two here before their conviction and subsequent execution. The ex-queen surely knew her days were numbered, but she could never have known that two and a half months would pass before she would finally stand trial and be convicted of the most ungodly charges. Will Bashor traces the final days of the prisoner registered only as Widow Capet, No. 280, a time that was a cruel mixture of grandeur, humiliation, and terror. Marie Antoinette's reign amidst the splendors of the court of Versailles is a familiar story, but her final imprisonment in a fetid, dank dungeon is a little-known coda to a once-charmed life. Her seventy-six days in this terrifying prison can only be described as the darkest and most horrific of the fallen queen's life, vividly recaptured in this richly researched history.
Additional Information
Subjects Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Imprisonment.
Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Death and burial.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :2016
Language English
Description xviii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-358) and index.
ISBN 9781442254992
1442254998
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