219 comments


  • jellybelly909

    im doing a report on her
    im gonna be asked questions in french and i have to reply in french too…… yay :\

    October 19, 2011
  • Alice

    How did she die? Sounds like a very bad loss though <3

    October 21, 2011
  • Mariah

    I LOVE MARIE ANTIONETTE! I believe she was a seriously misunderstood women and it was a trajic and unhopefull day when she was sent to the guillotine. Did she known or was ever shown true happniess? LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!…HAH

    October 21, 2011
  • derynirose

    My first introduction to Marie was a great biography that I had in condensed form from Readers Digest. Yes, Readers Digest. It was a historical biography, rather than historical fiction.

    Marie lived in very different times. You all imagine women having choices and options like yourself. You see her perhaps as like the popular and spoiled cheerleaders of some Hollywood movie creation.

    Take yourself out of your own understanding when you read or write of her. She was one of the younger children of a very large family, and a girl. This meant that had her sister that was meant for marriage to te Dauphin had not contracted small pox (marie had it as a younger child) She would have likely had an arranged marriage, even within the titled of her own country.
    The daugter that had been meant to marry the Dauphin had been prepared and chosen. When her small pox marked face made that impossible, Antoinette was chosen. However the girl was put through painful dental surgery to make her up to snuff for the French and the Austrian court had to put this girl, whose education had been lacking, through a royal boot camp of sorts.
    When she arrived at the French border they took everything from her, even her beloved pet.
    She was left in a court of extreme ridigity in some form, where as her home had been relaxed. Her husband appeared to be uninterested in her. There was no “going outside of her palace”. Her choices of activities were limited.
    She was there to be the royal brood mare, and the Stallion had other interests – he wasn’t a bad sort, just sort of the kind of guy we know now that probably would have been happier not having to be the kind, but making and building things.
    She settled down when she had children, but the political situation was building. She was still “The Austrian”. People imagined her having far more influence than her hasband allowed, and far less than her brother demanded.
    Those are the realities. The King and Queen had always given to charities. That was not an issue. The issue was te debt.. just like it is today- something we should understand quite well. The Government spending far beyond te means,even if you tax the rich at 100%, but the ignorant of economics always demand such things, instead of dealing with needing necessary cuts to thier pet wants. This was the scene in France at this time, and the class war made the Aristocracy the problem, just like today they are trying the class war against business
    I hope we can pull it out and be a smarter people.

    October 25, 2011
  • hey,
    I’m doing a huge report on marie antoinette, and i am so glad that i found this website. Thanks!

    October 31, 2011
  • BRE

    tragic…..

    November 01, 2011
  • bailey rose

    Marie Antoinette was a kind woman, she loved her kids, and although she was forced into that marriage, learned to love her husband. none of the fault should be put on her. she may not have been wise when it came to publicly displaying her wealth (for the people came to loath her for being wealthy AND from being Australian) she was married into the terror of the revolution. and through it all.. she was a damn survivor and her story lives on, she died with pride. the king should be blamed if anyone. poor marie

    November 07, 2011
  • Keira

    well this article had a lot of information that i need for my world history class i need to learn as much as possible of her in order to get a good grade in my seminar i need to learn of her inside out so this article was very helpful… thanks

    November 19, 2011
  • kura

    ive found this website very interesting and well be using it for my french famous people reaserch for ncea level 3. im top of class so i hope this is true facts. ill tell you when i find out. teheee. lol

    November 23, 2011
  • kura

    i just found out i got bottom of class for using the wrong sides and my french teacher told me some info was wrong the bit about marie being the fave daughter! not cool i lowest in class. now i got to tell my dad… thanks ily

    November 23, 2011
  • claudia

    hi, claudia im in love with marie shes my idol im crazy

    November 23, 2011
  • d ball

    There was no surgical procedure on Louis XVI and that’s a fact.

    November 27, 2011
  • d ball

    Antoinette refused to give up her pet dog. After negotiations it was symbolically given up and returned to her. She did not give up her puppy.

    November 27, 2011
  • d ball

    to Eliza

    most serious historians in fact do not have a “biased opinion” they do their best to be objective and search for a true picture. **

    **Comment edited. The second sentence was not useful or appropriate.

    November 27, 2011
  • I’ve seen the Coppola movie and I’m reading the Antonia Fraser book. What a fascinating and sad tale this is. Though I like 80’s new wave music, I don’t think it should have been put in the movie. It was like they had MTV videos spliced into it, cool, but inappropriate.

    December 01, 2011
  • Jean

    So I want to know… did she ACTUALLY say the “let them eat cake” or was it just a rumour? btw I recommend that show THE Tudors 🙂 its not completly historically acurate like King Henry being skinny but it is really good

    December 04, 2011
  • bailey rose

    Jean,
    Marie didn’t actually say “let them eat cake”. that was in fact a rumor.

    December 09, 2011
  • Bailee

    I am doing a project on her for my world history class and this has helped me so much. I took two pages of notes front and back it’s crazy but such a good help I am sure that I will get a good grade on this now!

    December 15, 2011
  • this isa very sad time.im vrey happy that i wasnt born in that time!

    December 16, 2011
  • marie is my inspiration to all the women that were in those hard wars,and bee.nthrew a lot with their children.

    December 16, 2011
  • ummm.all you people inspired me to post on this website.thankyou

    December 16, 2011
  • im doing a report on marie antoinette,and this website helped me so much.i basically got all my information from this page and all the comments on this.thankyou for the help,and i hope i get a good grade,and all this information is true!

    December 16, 2011
  • xdres

    A fair article. Although I concede there are many errors- historical or otherwise- for the most part it is written in a way that fans the initial spark well.

    December 20, 2011
  • eliza

    jean, about the tudors, i have never seen it, i think it’s a fifteen certificate, and i’m nearly fourteen, but if it was henry the eighth you were talking about, he was skinny, at first, it was only when he got older that he put on weight.

    December 30, 2011
  • Chelsea O

    I watched “Marie Antoinette” the movie featuring Kristen Dunist…. i found the movie to be very interested, so i’ve been reading up on her ever since…. this shows how misunderstood women were

    January 05, 2012
  • purp81

    i loved the movie and think marie was a brave women.

    January 26, 2012
  • Sicelo Khopho

    Very good story it reminded me of French revolution while i was doing STD 7 & I also watched the movie featurin Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman.

    February 06, 2012
  • Emma

    Great article. I don’t know if any of you has experienced living as a stranger in a prestigious way in another man’s land? if you haven’t, just imagine it. (Marie Antoinette was a foreigner, and as such her children were not full french). what would the working-less-privileged wish for you, esp. in a position where u didn’t have your hands on deck, but still having all your needs and even wants met.
    The French (esp.) are no different when it comes to foreigners. But anyway, one cannot judge the past in the spectacle of the future.

    February 08, 2012
  • MisterUppity

    if publicists had existed in the late 18th C, how different Marie Antoinette`s life might have been.

    February 12, 2012
  • I wonder if she went to heaven? What was her religion I know most were catholic at the time…
    btw This is a wonderful website thank you for helping me with my SA

    February 15, 2012
  • What was Marie Antoinette’s religion? I know most people were Catholic at the time but some guy made it so everyone was prodistent????
    BTW: This is a fantastic website thank you for your efforts to make this. (Thanks for helping me with my SA)

    February 15, 2012
  • She was Catholic.

    February 15, 2012
  • Heidi

    I’m doing a research paper on her for my English class. Some of your things were very helpful, while others are actually wrong. She wasn’t 38 years old yet. Her birthday wasn’t until November 2nd, so she would have still only been 37.

    February 16, 2012
  • amber

    She was no whore I hate when people lie its sad to hear people talk so much crap about a good person

    February 22, 2012
  • Jiyeon

    I’m on a branding project inspired by Marie Antoinette, and I think this article will be very helpful. Can I use this information on my project? If it’s okay, please let me know. Thanks.

    March 02, 2012
  • Maria

    One of my favourite queens, i would recommend to read the book by Stefan Zweig “Marie Antoinette”. It is hard not to feel sypmathy and love for such a loving and kind person with a tragic fate.

    March 29, 2012
  • Susan

    i just got back from Versaille and it made everything so real. If you get a chance, you need to go. They speak a lot about Marie Antoinette and King Louis the XVI

    July 05, 2012
  • Marc Beauchamp

    I am French and Lithuanian, what happened to her and her husband was abhorrent
    And may God grant her and him absolution for any sins they did
    She deserved better kindness at the hands of their captors , may her children be
    Reunited. with them in Heaven also, our leaders in the world today are far worse than they ever were!

    August 02, 2012
  • Belinda Curtis

    I just found out I share the same Maternal DNA as Marie Antoinette…That is the DNA from my mothers line is the same, with the same mutation markers…My results compared in the DNA ancestry Project said…Belinda Curtis’s mtDNA is a perfect match to the HVR-1 region of Marie Antoinette’s mtDNA. This suggests that Belinda Curtis and Marie Antoinette may be related along Belinda Curtis’s maternal line….Interesting to read all your comments and opinions about her…anyone else in the ancestry project whom have the same results?

    August 07, 2012
  • Karrie

    I am currently listening to “The Queen’s Lover” by Francine du Plessix Gray in regards to Axel von Fersen. Very good by the way. Marie Antoinette was very fascinating. I could not imagine what she felt as her own people turned against her and then to have her children removed from her before facing complete isolation.

    August 17, 2012
  • where do i find information about how she was to travel to pennsylvania with her son?

    August 21, 2012
  • Thaleis

    Being french, Iam very upset by some comments posted here… From “french people are regressive animals” to “Louis was gay” or “a pussy” (so stereotypical, isn’t ?), I don’t know what chose, but the best are probably these :

    Comment by Aimee — April 20, 2011 @ 8:44 AM
    I think it is possible that Louis XVI may have been on the Autistic spectrum, and perhaps had Aspergers syndrome, due to his lack of desire to be touched and fascination with things such as locks and keys. It could also explain why he was little of a public speaker in times of crisis, such as the revolution and downfall of the monarchy.

    and last but no least :

    Comment by louis — November 24, 2009 @ 8:45 AM
    i feel disgusted about the whole french revolution.

    1) Actually, french revolution was the world wide first attemption of democracy, at least in occidental world, and despite their mistakes the model for liberty constitution, and the begining of America’s… Maybe it’s need to remember King Louis XVI  is the one who helped American people to obtain their freedom from english oppression in the former New World… and by the way, a lot a “distgusting french people” were sacrified despite it wasn’t for their own country…

    2) Louis XVI and MA was only 14 when they were married. What did you expect from a 14 year old shy teenager ? Maybe would you prefere he rapted her wife ? Whatever he did, It would probably give you an occasion to bash him… It’s prove he was a little bit distant but a respectful husband who prefered take his time to know his wife… So what ? They were 22 when they loose their virginity ? It’s not so different of our actual “social convenience”…

    3) nothing in medical rapports (daily updated at his time) tell Louis XVI suffering any problem of erection and a “lack of desire to be touched”… Actually Louis and MA became parents of 4 children… I wonder what you need in addition to understand they was ABLE to making love and babies, but maybe their children was in plastic ?

    4) Louis XVI was not only a specialist of locks and keys systems but also was fond of clocks mechanics and a lot of others manual stuff and crafts. Its well known he helped sometimes the workers of the Palace of Versailles in their repair duties as change the roofs tiles… Its only prove his humility and his ability to get in on-hand jobs… Nothing to do with an autistic spectrum. You just have to take a look in his marine engineering work book as a student (exposed in Versailles) to understand he was far away from the idiotic image often used to discribe him. Maybe we should ask to all watchmakers, traditional roofers, and other workers in quality craftmanship if they feel themselves “autistic”…

    Maybe french history was not perfect, but how could you judge a country exited of the context ? As a french people Iam ok with the fact than Marie Antoinette was probably too much fast judged and madly depreciated.
    As IM NOT OK with the way her kids were theatrened…
    And I voted “exil’ when I saw MA life and judgement reconstitution, in the real scenery by Robert Hossein in Paris some years ago.
    And in the contrary of a lot of my counterpart, I was not shocked by the fact than french republic spend money for the official ceremony of young Louis XVII balm heart “return” in St Denis cathedral…
    I even think sometimes France would be a better place if we lived in a monarchic constitution as in England…
    But Im feeling a lot more concerned by Napoleon’s terror reign against Vendee civil war in 1993 describe in “93” by Victor Hugo…
    We can’t remake history… and tell what country never made a faux-pas ?

    August 21, 2012
  • So sad that a child whould be held captive by people, who would later accuse her for looking for freedom. Yet she endured, goes to show you when you look for your friends, or church leaders, so many of them turn out to be false comforters, in the end turn on you or anyone that was Godly enough to remain your friend or husband turns up like the King. What is going on with France now, still a mess who are the people going to blame now.

    September 09, 2012
  • violet

    I thought Marie’s life was both interesting and tragic. I also agree with vickie(mabye because I’m a christian). But to truly understand her is to go back in time and meet her. But since the art of time travel hasn’t been perfected yet we have nothing to do then to guess her emotions and reasons for the decisions she made. And of course we have the polictal evidence to work with. But until we meet our makers(whoever they may be depending on your faith)we will never know the story behind the so-called friend’s and loyal subject’s rumors that spread like wildfire throughout france.

    October 07, 2012
  • Fufu

    I think it is kind of funny how people responded to her,she was brought up to a certain way and how was she to know she shouldn’t have behaved the way she did when probably all monarchs were raised like her.

    October 08, 2012
  • Chelsea

    I watched the movie with Kirsten Dunst and I don’t understand why she died. I don’t understand anything about Marie Antoinette so can someone please explain 😉

    October 13, 2012
  • Lane

    How much land did she own? I’m doing an SA and your website is incredibly helpful but i can’t figure out how much land she owned?

    October 22, 2012
  • Linda

    Response to Chelsea, The Sophia Coppola Version of Marie Antoinette lacked in the detailed life story of this late 18th century Monarchy and that is the only thing I didn’t like about this movie. It portrayed the life of her being bored to her wits end and of the harsh transition from a laid back lifestyle she was raised in Vienna. It doesn’t go into details on why she obtained such a horrible reputation. The only main thing in this movie was the fact they couldn’t consummate the marriage for 7 years, endless parties and her extravagant life behind Versailles walls. She spent ridiculous amounts of money on her hairstyles. I think that she didn’t think it was much a big deal to follow French Royal protocol because of the lack in her home country. Naturally she is going to want to live the way shes always felt comfortable but the reason why she was hated towards the end was because of the harsh rumors among the people of France. much like the way we ridicule famous celebrities now, exchanging he said she said gossip and not knowing the facts, she was an easy target for the french because of the way her and king dealt with each other, Everyone called him a push over and rumored to be living in the shadow of Marie but really they were just being themselves. I am greatful to be a commoner as they would call it back then. I wouldnt want anyone in my face 24/7 either.

    October 26, 2012
  • I LOVE MARIE ANTIONETTE!!!!!!!!! durrrr :))))

    November 03, 2012
  • ilovebranson

    wow this is so sad….but i really llikethe way she do it cos it seriously makes me know that being royalty isnt always what u expect…

    January 15, 2013

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