Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Marie Antoinette: A Journey

Title: Marie Antoinette: A Journey

Author: Antonia Fraser

Review: 5 out of 5 stars


This book by Antonia Fraser was the first book I had on Marie Antoinette - and it definitely set the bar high. Without a doubt this is one of the - if not the - most complete book on the doomed queen. Fraser manages to combine historical facts with an eloquent writing which makes it a treat to read. Also, while reading it you are left with a feeling that the relevant information is provided without becoming a boring lecture.

As a reader you are led through her childhood in Vienna through her years as dauphine and finally her reign as queen. But more importantly, you are given a genuine portrait of a woman whom history has completely condemned. This description of her character is thoroughly backed by minute facts which rends a historically accurate portrait. 

For those of you who fell in love with Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" (2006) it will probably be interesting to know that the movie in large parts follows this book. 

Frankly, there is not much more to say. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in either Marie Antoinette herself, the French Revolution or the era in general. 


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