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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.

As her life began there was little hint of this total reversal of life’s fortunes. Marie Antoinette was born in 1755 at very apex of the European social pyramid.

She was born a princess and archduchess, the 15th daughter of Maria Teresa, Empress of Austria. The Hapsburg house of Austria was the oldest royal house of Europe, and the young princess enjoyed the relaxed environment of the Schonbrünn Palace and the indulgence of tutors her parents, brothers and sisters.

Marie Thérèse was famous Austrian empress who counted among her many accomplishments her ability to marry her many children in ways strategic to the Austrian empire. So it was with Marie Antoinette. For this daughter, Marie Thérèse arranged a special marriage to cement the new alliance with France that she had concluded with Louis XV. So, Marie Antoinette was to leave Austria to the most prestigious throne in all Europe.

French Queen

The life of Marie Antoinette was the stuff of dreams when she was married at age 14 to the crown prince of France, the dauphin. France was then the most powerful nation of continental Europe, and the royal palace at Versailles the most opulent. The young princess could hardly have hoped for a more prestigious marriage and her magnificent marriage ceremony in 1770 was unmatched in royal pageantry.

At the border she was stripped and re-dressed with clothing fashionable at the French court. When she was presented to the French king Louis XV, he pronounced her delightful, and told others of her fine full figure, of which he much approved. She became dauphine surrounded by all the comforts of the French court.

Her enchanted life reached its pinnacle when the old king died and her husband became King Louis XVI in 1774. Marie Antoinette, still a teenager became Queen of France.

Unhappy Marriage and Boredom

But this daughter of life’s fortune was unhappy in her marriage. Louis was homely, awkward and hardly her heart’s desire. His devotion to the hunt, clocks and his workshop and his early hours were in contrast to her pursuit of the arts, fashion, dance and French nightlife. The contrast of Charles and Diana comes to mind. While King Louis XV, her husband’s brothers, Provence and Artois, and others at court noticed at once her grace and beauty, her own shy husband was slow to exercise the rights of the marriage bed. From afar, Louis XVI, like the others, much admired Marie’s physical charms and her character, and Louis would become a thoroughly devoted husband, but in her early years in France he was little comfort to her.

Pushed by her mother’s letters, Marie still sought out Louis. Yet, to add to Antoinette’s frustration, even when she could achieve intimacy with him, Louis was unable to achieve erection. So, Antoinette and Louis were unable to have sex and their marriage went unconsummated for seven years. It took the intervention of the Queen’s oldest brother, emperor Joseph of Austria, in a heart to heart meeting with Louis in 1777, to convince him to have the needed operation. Meanwhile, the teenage queen suffered in silence as she was snidely taunted for her inability to produce an heir to the throne.

Beyond her personal frustrations with her husband, Marie Antoinette was bored with her position and its duties. The days of the young princess and then queen were spent in endless court rituals and strict etiquette tracing to the days of Louis XIV.

The young queen tired of being constantly on public display with the requirements of her position. She missed the more relaxed environment and freedom of Vienna. Her displeasure and sarcasm directed at the older aunts and members of the high nobility were noticed and commented upon.

Circle of Friends

Marie Antoinette sought escape from her marital frustration and the boredom of court life. Time went by and she began to exercise power as queen, Marie Antoinette spent less time at court, and surrounded herself with a dissolute clique, led by Yolande de Polignac and Thérèse de Lamballe. She lavished expensive gifts and positions upon these friends and in doing so ignored the great houses of the French nobility.

With her young friends, Marie Antoinette threw herself into a life of pleasure and careless extravagance. These included masked balls in Paris, gambling, theatricals and late night promenades in the park. Her circle included the King’s frivolous young brother the Count of Artois, and handsome young courtiers the Duc de Ligne, Counts Dillon, Vaudreuil and Axel Fersen.

The Queen’s indiscretions with her circle of friends led to scandals such as the Diamond Necklace Affair and rumours concerning her relations with that circle including Axel Fersen.

Extravagant Life

The young queen, with her blonde beauty and style set fashion trends through France and Europe. Her painter Vigee Lebrun commented about the translucent colour of her complexion, her long blonde hair and her well-proportioned and full-bosomed figure. All commented how well she carried herself. Her page Tilly said she walked better than any woman and as you’d offer a woman a chair, you’d offer her a throne.

The queen enjoyed her beauty style, but her fashion fame came at a price. The Queen spent lavishly on her dress and adornments. Each year she exceeded her clothing allowance which the King covered. The excessive fashions for high headdresses, plumes and voluminous dresses were subject to public comment, caricature and on occasion ridicule.

The queen also spent lavishly on her friends as mentioned and on her entertainment including her retreat at Petit Trianon. This small palace adjoining Versailles was given to Marie by Louis XVI. There she arranged extensive interior decorations and building of a theatre for her theatricals and the Temple of Love in the park.

Marie also had built a rustic Viennese retreat called the hameau. Here, she played at being at being a simple milkmaid. To add to the fun, Sevres porcelain bowls were cast using Marie Antoinette’s own ample breasts as their mould (as was said to have had been done in the case of Helen of Troy). The hameau was stocked with perfumed sheep and goats, but the actual milking and chores were done by servants.

Anger at the Queen

By the late 1780s, envy and hatred of Marie Antoinette were widespread. Many at court had always opposed the Austrian alliance, and had resented her efforts to intercede on occasion for Austrian causes.

The king’s brother the Count of Provence and his cousin the Count of Orleans both thought they were more capable than Louis XVI. They were jealous both of Louis’s kingship and his marriage to the beautiful Marie Antoinette.

Many others among the nobility were envious of the Queen and insulted by her dismissal of court etiquette, preference for her small court circle and the patronage she wielded on their behalf. Thus, disaffected members of the nobility became fertile sources for dirt on the queen. They fabricated and circulated scurrilous stories about the Queen and her private life. Stories accused of all sort of sexual acts with men and women of the court, of sending funds to Austria, and challenged the paternity of the royal children.

Diamond Necklace Affair

By the mid 1780s tales of the queen’s extravagance, dissipation and sexual vice abounded. It was at this point that the Diamond Necklace Affair became the sensation, grabbing the attention of the entire nation.

The affair fused three disparate situation, united by widely held beliefs in the loose morals of Marie Antoinette. For years an impoverished scion of past Valois nobility, Madame Lamotte schemed to gain a position at court. At the same time, socially prominent Prince de Rohan, the Cardinal of France was unhappy over his years of exclusion from Marie Antoinette’s inner circle, and the jeweller Boehmer was unable to convince Marie Antoinette to buy a fabulously expensive diamond necklace originally made for Louis XV’s lover Madame du Barry.

Lamotte was a full figured attractive woman who caught the attention of both men, and was able to convince them she was a lesbian lover of Marie Antoinette. Lamotte convinced Rohan that the Queen indeed wanted the necklace and Rohan obtained it from Boehmer and gave it to Lamotte after meeting a prostitute dressed as Marie Antoinette at a late night rendezvous near the Temple of Love, where the Queen was said to hold lovers’ trysts with others.

When Boehmer approached the Queen for payment (just as she was preparing for to play a role in a banned Beaumarchais play Le Figaro), the charade unravelled. When they learned the basic facts of the affair, both king and queen were enraged that Rohan would think that the queen would use a go-between to obtain a necklace.

Necklace Trial and Impact

Royal pique proved disastrous. The cardinal, highest churchman in France, was arrested on the Day of Assumption in the middle of the entire court. Next the Queen demanded public vindication, so the king obtained a trial before the Parlement of Paris.

The trial proved a sensation for months, with the dirty laundry of the monarchy paraded before all France. The cast included the highest nobles, charlatans, a prostitute who looked like the Queen, and above all the fabulous diamond necklace and the Queen herself despite never being called as witness. In the end, the nobility displayed their defiance before the entire nation in the Diamond Necklace Affair with their acquittal of Prince de Rohan on the charge of insulting the queen. The ruling of the Parlement of Nobles effectively said that at the least, given her reputation, the queen was worthy of such insult. Rohan could reasonably believe Marie Antoinette would use him as a go-between and in the end exchange her sexual favours for a diamond necklace.

When the not guilty verdict was announced in the crowded Paris opera house an enormous roar went up and all eyes turned to the royal box. A shocked Marie Antoinette hastily departed for her coach, amid the crowd’s hoots.

The court did convict the less well connected Lamotte, and she was branded on her breasts and imprisoned. But her husband had escaped to England and she escaped prison. She exacted her revenge by concocting and circulating a tale that she was indeed the queen’s lesbian lover, that the queen was insatiable in her desires and that the queen got the necklace and the affair was all for her amusement. As fabulous as her story was, it circulated in the thousands and was widely believed. So much so that had she not died in 1793, Lamotte might well have testified against Marie at her trial.

Madame Deficit and Financial Crisis

Ironically, as the Diamond Necklace Affair erupted and the Queen’s popularity sank to its nadir, age and maturity tempered her lifestyle. Louis and Marie were able to have children and Antoinette bore four children. She spent less time with Paris night life and more with her children and family. Though still graceful and attractive, as she passed age thirty, Marie’s increasingly stout figure moved her toward darker colours. Her milliner Madame Bertin used less ostentatious fashion, while still showing Marie’s large bust to fine advantage. Even as she still flirted with men of court and spent much time with Axel Fersen, Louis was increasingly devoted to his handsome wife whom he adored.

While Marie’s personal life was settling down, the state of France was not. France also had bad harvests in the late 1780s and the poor suffered. The Queen was good hearted and kindly and tried to aid the poor of her country. She attended benefits for charity (including the night the Necklace verdict was announced), and used the hameau to aid a number of impoverished families. However, her small acts were hardly noticed amid the suffering. What was remembered was that the queen played at being a milkmaid and shepherdess, at the manicured hameau of Trianon, while real peasants starved. Her perceived insensitivity led many to believe she said “Let them eat cake”, when told of the widespread starvation.

Furthermore, France reeled under huge debts inherited from Louis XV which Louis XVI had been unable to repay. France’s debt was now a crisis, with the final straw being its France’s costly aid from 1778 to 1783 to the American colonies in their War of Independence with Great Britain. To try to revive the Queen’s popularity and rally support for the monarchy portraits were made and exhibited showing the Queen surrounded by her loving children. Yet the obvious royal propaganda backfired as detractors noticing the Queen’s expansive costume, dubbed the pictured heroine, “Madame Deficit”.

It was at this time, amid such increased unpopularity and still reeling from the aftershocks of the Necklace Affair, when Louis XVI most needed support from the nobility. He tried to effect needed reforms through a series of ministers, relying in each instance on advice from his Queen, and then he called an assembly of notables to again try to effect reforms to deal with the financial crisis. Louis was not a forceful king, his wife’s influence was resented and the position of the monarchy weakened.

Estates General – 1789

Tragedy struck Louis and Marie in 1789. Their oldest son and heir, the dauphin, was dying of a crippling, agonizing hereditary disease and would die in June. Besides her miscarriages, this was the second child dead; their second daughter had died in 1786. And now amid this grief, the couple faced the crisis that now threatened their rule, which would bring still further tragedies to this family.

Unable to force the nobility to make needed financial reforms, the desperate king called the Estates General in May 1789. This was the first time in 175 years it was called. But it was unique because it gave representation to common men, as one of the three estates able to vote. Louis did this to try to gain the support of the common people (third estate) to force needed reforms.

The Estate General did not begin auspiciously as the Queen’s appearance was met first by silence and then call Vive Duc Orleans – her scorned suitor and hated foe. This rebelliousness was a sign of what was to follow. The common people were not content with the limited role of the third estate Louis envisioned. The genie was now out of the bottle. The third estate declared itself the national assembly and in the Tennis Court Oath said it would not adjourn until France had a constitution.

Fall of the Bastille

Louis lacked the will to quell this rebellion but was repeatedly lobbied to take action by Marie Antoinette. The queen strongly desired to preserve absolute monarchy and was firm in her opposition to reforms that would give greater power to the common people.

However, with a taste of success, the common people did not want to see the third estate suppressed. In July, a mob of commoners seized the Invalides and obtained a supply of fire arms. The next effort was to obtain powder so they could defend the assembly as needed. For this effort the mob attacked a great symbol of absolute monarchy, the ancient and famous Bastille prison and fortress that loomed in the centre of Paris.

Louis failed to take prompt action and the mob succeeded in taking the Bastille. The governor of the Bastille who resisted and threatened to blow up the gun powder was hacked to death by the mob his head sported on pikes for all to see. The crowd had arms and ammunition. Lawlessness had occurred and no royal action had been taken in response. Louis went to Paris to restore calm but no actions were taken against those who stormed the Bastille.

The Great Fear

The storming of the Bastille greatly disturbed a number of nobles who knew the poverty of the common people and feared vengeance if royal power was inadequate to check mob impulses. Leading members of the royal court, including close friends of Marie Antoinette fled the country. These included in July and August the Count of Artois and Madame Polignac and in October her close friend and portraitist Vigee Lebrun.

The royal court at Versailles was just 20 miles from the raging cauldron of Paris. Marie Antoinette too feared the Paris mob and counselled Louis to repair to the country so he could quell rebellion from afar, but Louis would not leave Versailles.
The Queen was successful in convincing Louis to increase troops from the provinces, which they hoped would be loyal to the crown. Marie’s actions did not go unnoticed. Her proud bearing and perceived arrogance made her the prime target for vilification by the revolutionaries. Despite Antoinette’s efforts, the king was reluctant to confront the assembly after new troops were called in, but Louis would not fire on his own people. In the summer period called the “Great Fear” peasants revolted through the countryside in fear that the king under pressure from the queen and her “Austrian committee” would put down revolution. In August, the Declaration of the Rights of Man was published renouncing noble titles, the people further asserting their position seeking equal rights against reassertion of absolute monarchy.

March of Women

On October 1 1789, a great banquet for the royal guards was held at Versailles, where royal and Austrian banners were cheered and toasts made to king and queen in attendance while the tricolour cockade of the French people was trod under foot. Tales of the banquet and “orgies” spread to the Paris slums where a new bread shortage was looming.

Parisians said enough is enough and on October 4, a great mob collected to demand bread from the king. The next day the mob mainly of Parisian women marched thought the driving rain to Versailles to put an end to orgies and demand bread. Many brandished knives and swore to use them to “cut the pretty throat of the Austrian” who was the source of all their problems. “How glad I’d be to put this blade into her belly up to my elbow.” Others vowed to cut different “pieces of Antoinette”.

On reaching Versailles, they met with the assembly and had a brief audience with the king. Again, the Queen had wished to flee at their advance, but Louis would neither depart nor fire on the women. That night the mob (perhaps aided by agents of the Duke of Orleans) found an unguarded entrance and was directed straight to the apartments of the sleeping queen. As they hurled their imprecations to “kill the Austrian whore”, the Queen’s two guards gave their lives to save her, as Madame Campan and her other maids hastily gathered some clothes and underwear, and Marie Antoinette ran from her bed literally “half naked” (by some accounts) to narrowly elude her attackers. They later ripped the Queen’s bed to pieces.

Installation at Tuileries

The Queen had escaped with her life, but the mob was not satisfied. They later demanded that king and queen appear on the balcony before them and then that the monarchs return with them to Paris. And so, Louis and Marie left Versailles to be installed in the dusty unused Tuileries palace in Paris. Marie Antoinette would never again see her beloved Petit Trianon. From then on, the king and queen would be under the close scrutiny of the common citizens of Paris and vulnerable to attack from them. For king and queen were acutely aware that the move to Paris was not of their choosing but they were powerless to overrule the dictate of the mob.

In 1790 and 1791, the revolution seemed to have stabilized. However, the seeds for future discord and for a more violent revolution were already being sown. The emboldened assembly gave broad rights to the people, at the expense of the nobles and clergy. Many of the reforms were voted into law over the king’s veto. Louis was particularly anxious over the civil oath now required of Roman Catholic clergy.

Flight to Varennes

Many nobles had fled France, and Marie Antoinette feared for her safety and royal authority. She conspired with these émigrés and sought aid from other European rulers including her brother, the Austrian Emperor. After the death of the leading moderate politician, Conte Mirabeau in 1791, and further actions of the Assembly infringing the authority of Roman Catholic clergy, Marie convinced the reluctant Louis to flee France.

The queen’s friend and rumoured lover Axel Fersen from his own pocket arranged the needed coach, assumed identity papers and escape plans. The royal couple with their children all disguised as common travellers, escaped from Paris. The king and queen had insisted that they travel with all needed comforts, so their coach was lumbering and slow. It required extra horses and changes and attracted attention.

At one change an alert patriot noticed an attractive but familiar woman who issued orders though dressed as a maid. He thought he recognized the queen and from a gold piece given as a tip recognized the king. This patriot Jacques Drouet sped ahead and reached the small town Varennes and alerted the people who confronted the king and queen on arrival. They had travelled over 200 miles and were just near the French-Austrian border and loyal troops ready to rescue them. But the rescue did not occur. A humiliated king and queen were forced to return to Paris over dusty roads over the course of the next four days. Frenchmen came from near and far to gaze and glare at the famous captives, on several occasions almost assaulting them. Later members of the assembly arrived and crowded into the coach with them.

When they arrived in Paris they met complete silence with all men keeping on their hats and no salutes or other sign of deference to the king. The weary travellers were caked in dust and sweat. As Campan drew the bath for Marie Antoinette, and Queen removed her hat and veil, both noticed the Queen’s blonde hair was now completely white from the fright and torment of the journey.

Downfall of Monarchy

After the disastrous flight to Varennes, Marie Antoinette at first worked with constitutional monarchist Barnave to try to restore royal prestige. However, hatred of the queen now rose to new levels.

Marie Antoinette began anew to seek aid from abroad to intervene in France and restore royal authority. Austria and Prussia threatened France on behalf of the royal family and France declared war on those powers in April 1792, again over the king’s veto. In June, the Tuileries palace was invaded and sacked by a mob, the king and queen held up to ridicule and humiliation but not otherwise harmed. At the same time, calls for volunteers arose under the cry “Patrie en Danger”, as Frenchmen were called to repel the invaders.

In July 1792, as Prussian armies invaded France, the Duke of Brunswick threatened the people of Paris that if any harm came to persons of the king or queen, serious vengeance would be exacted by the invaders on France. The proclamation was made public and caused a sensation in the country.

On August 10, 1792, the Tuileries palace was stormed by the populace, who sought refuge in the Assembly. The king and queen and their family were installed in the tiny reporter’s box, amid stifling heat, glares and heckling of the crowd. In that cage, they heard the reports of the fall of the Tuileries and massacre of the 900 Swiss guards who had stayed to defend them. They watched as treasures from the Tuileries were piled on the speaker’s desk including papers, jewels, precious objects of the royal family. They listened to the debates which voted to suspend and then end the monarchy. A Republic declared and the royal family imprisoned in the Temple fortress.

Reign of Terror

Other aristocrats were imprisoned at this same time. As the fortunes of French armies in the field waned the cry went up to kill traitors in their midst. Hundreds of aristocrats were massacred in the prisons in September 1792. The most famous victim was Madame Lamballe, close friend of Marie Antoinette who had returned to Paris to aid her in time of peril. Lamballe was summoned before a tribunal and when she failed to swear an oath against the queen, she was hacked to death by the mob, her head, breasts and genitals severed and mounted on pikes, and paraded before the Queen’s window in the Temple. The Reign of Terror had now begun.

The royal family was under close guard and now shorn of all their finery and servants and forced to live simply in the confines of the Temple fortress. But their peace was not to last.

In December 1792, King Louis XVI was summoned before the National Convention and tried for treason. He was convicted and on a close vote sentenced to death. In January 1793, Louis XVI was executed on the guillotine. In the two years that followed thousands more would be tried before revolutionary tribunals and similarly executed on the guillotine.

The Queen’s Fate

After her husband’s death, in July 1793, Marie Antoinette’s son was forcibly taken from her. The poor woman begged that her son be allowed to stay but she was powerless to change the will of the ministers. The boy was put under the care of Simon, a cobbler and one of the Commissaires of the Commune, and died of neglect within two years.

In September 1793, Marie Antoinette was separated from her daughter and sister in law. Now called “Widow Capet”, Marie was transferred to months of solitary confinement in the dank Conciergerie prison, where she was under twenty-four hour guard by revolutionaries who from behind their screen watched her every move. The Conciergerie prison was the antechamber to death. In this dank prison, she lost much weight and her eyesight began to fail, but she did not have long to live.

On October 14, the poor pallid woman was awoken at night and faced the Revolutionary Tribunal. The trial was a horror, with the Queen attacked more as a person than as a queen. Her own son was forced to testify that she abused him. The queen bravely replied to all charges and to this she said, “If I make no reply, it is because I cannot, I appeal to all mothers in this audience.”

Despite her eloquence, the verdict was never in doubt. Like the king, Marie was found guilty.

When she rode to her death on October 16, 1793, many gasped … for Marie Antoinette was just 38, but the crowd saw (as artist David sketched) an old hag in peasant garb, ragged and grey – a stark contrast to elegant and voluptuous Queen of Trianon, the child of fortune, she had been just 4 years earlier. Marie Antoinette’s hair had been roughly shorn, her with hands tied tight behind her back, as she rode in the garbage cart amid the crowd’s whistles and jeers. Yet, the poor woman sat straight and tried to retain her dignity. To the end, Marie Antoinette displayed a queen’s bearing and courage, in the face of all adversity.

After her final ordeal, the body of Marie Antoinette was harshly pushed on to the guillotine plank, her head placed in the vice and at noon the blade fell to loud cheers all round. In the words of a revolutionary organ, “Never has Piere Duchesne seen such joy as seeing that [expletive] whore’s head separated from her [expletive] crain’s neck”. Sanson held her bleeding head high for all to see. Later her head was throne in the cart between her legs. The body of Marie Antoinette was left on the grass before being dumped in an unmarked grave. So ended the life of once the most illustrious and glamorous woman in all Europe.

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  • Comment by dawn — October 16, 2009 @ 10:06 AM

    Tragic end to a misunderstood life. One wonders if she ever knew any true happiness. Today is the anniversary of her death, and for some reason ( without knowledge of this ) I felt compelled to google her name. Strange ?????

  • Comment by Casey — October 20, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

    I am doing a report on her. A biography and personality based views. Then I have to dress up like her and wear the outfit to school… And even act like her.

  • Comment by Crystal — October 20, 2009 @ 7:26 PM

    Intereseting I bought my Marie Antoinette costume the day of her death, I never really knew of her ’til today.

  • Comment by jewel — October 22, 2009 @ 6:14 PM

    im reading one of her books and i eay its good.

  • Comment by joanna — October 23, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

    Marie Antoinette was not the Empress’ favourite daughter. In fact, she was often neglected by Maria Theresa, and described her relationship with her mother as one of “awe-inspired fear.” Marie’s older sister, Marie Christina was the favourite, and because of this Marie Antoinette disliked and mistrusted intelligent, older women.

  • Comment by carolinz — October 26, 2009 @ 7:11 AM

    RE: joanna

    yea, I read about it too; regarding Marie, in fact, was the least favourite. Therefore, she was being selected to get married to the Prince of France… so which is true?

  • Comment by Adrienne — October 26, 2009 @ 3:54 PM

    It is not true that she was selected to marry a Prince of France because she was least favourite. Marie Therese made a point of marrying her daughters well and at that time marrying into the House of Bourbon was incredibly pretigious. It is true however that Marie Antoinette was not her mother’s favourite and the article has been amended accordingly.

  • Comment by Sue — October 27, 2009 @ 8:07 AM

    Just saw the horrible premier of “Marie Antoinette” on Lifetime last night. If it weren’t for the amazing scenery and period costumes I wouldn’t have bothered; it really was that bad! Just the same, I find I’m now as fascinated by Marie as by any of King Henry’s wives. I would appreciate any recommendations as to good biographies of Marie that aren’t mind-numbingly detailed as to the political situation of her day but still give a faithful account.

  • Comment by Jeannie — October 27, 2009 @ 11:59 AM

    This poor girl had an unfortunate upbringing with a Mother who attempted to ‘do right’ by her and marry her off to a would be King who I assumed was Gay by the way he was supposedly around her and all but ignored her advances to him. He did very little to nothing at all in the end to come to his wife’s aid and attempt to ‘stick up for her’ for lack of a better terminology and in the end she met with such a sad, tortured, ridiculed and obscene death, I can’t help but compare her life, torture and end to that of Jesus Christ’s the way her ‘own people’ turned on her and wanted her killed as did Jesus’s people turned on him.
    Obviously she’s in no way to be compared to that of the Son of God, but if you think about it — their lives, death and the turmoil that surrounded their lives and how people befriended them both seems to be comparible I think you’ll agree.
    May God have mercy on her soul for at least she is now at peace now, one would hope!
    I never realized how much of a twisted, ridiculed and tortured life this poor woman had to endure as a “QUEEN” of a country. If this is a Queen’s Life, I’m glad I’m a nobody thank you very much!

  • Comment by vicky — October 27, 2009 @ 1:02 PM

    yeah it is sad but she is stuck-up though she didn’t care for nobody but herself. thats wat i think but like everybody says there are two- sides to every story.

  • Comment by Jacqui — October 31, 2009 @ 8:21 PM

    Re vicki:
    Don’t be stupid- “she is stuck-up”! please… How the hell can you have an opinion on someone who you’ve never met?!?! It’s just dumb. And Jeannie don’t compare the way she died to Jesus… you don’t even REALLY know if Jesus existed… the stories about him were written hundreds of years after he was supposed to have lived!!! For all anyone knows it could just be a STORY!!!
    – p.s: really like the article- whether its factual or not it’s a good read.

  • Comment by AB — November 3, 2009 @ 1:52 PM

    Re Sue

    Antonia Fraser’s biography ‘Marie Antoinette: The Journey’ is well recommended. A superb writer who presents the subject “in the round”.

  • Comment by Ms. America — November 3, 2009 @ 3:33 PM

    Marie was a child forced into a marriage not of her choice. She was held to public ridicule, and branded a whore by gossip. I admire her courage and stamina to bare it. She died holding her head high ( no pun intended ) just like the Queen she was. To all of you making negative remarks of her should do a little more research. Louis was a pussy!

  • Comment by Ms. America — November 3, 2009 @ 3:37 PM

    By the way I do agree with Jacqui. Except Marie is real and Jesus is not.

  • Comment by justice — November 3, 2009 @ 4:20 PM

    I feel bad for the poor girl! I mean, if i had a husband who ignored me and all that like her, I’d probably do the same thing!!

  • Comment by Genie — November 8, 2009 @ 5:28 PM

    Same here. She went though a lot a lot of ridicule. By the way, Ms. America, how the hell do you know that Jesus is not real, huh? It could be possible.

  • Comment by Genie — November 8, 2009 @ 5:34 PM

    Re Ms. America:
    P.S. Im not saying that he is, but do you really know whether he really existed or not? What Vicky wrote was totally stupid though, comparing Marie to Jesus.

  • Comment by sheena — November 9, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

    I think it’s terrible and sad that her life ended the way it did. however I can understand how the common folk came to place blame on her. Once somebody starts rumors and saying things like the whole orgy and “let them eat cake” thing you just get that “crowd of sheep” affect.

  • Comment by Kelly — November 10, 2009 @ 5:21 PM

    I’m doing a biography of Marie Antoinette in school and i was very shocked how her life ended! I think her life if really interesting and i’m glad i have knowledge about her now!

  • Comment by Sue — November 11, 2009 @ 8:51 AM

    Thanks AB for the recommendation. I’d seen some negative reviews of her book but as I already have her “The Wives of Henry VIII” I think this would be a good read as well. Thanks again! :)

  • Comment by Hannah — November 12, 2009 @ 7:40 AM

    one: who cares if jesus is or is not real that has nothing to do with the life of marie antionette
    two: how can you tell that marie was stuck up YOU HAVE NEVER MET HER!!!!!!!!
    three:I have read Marie Antoinette: the journey It was so good i totally recomend it

  • Comment by Jenna — November 15, 2009 @ 4:48 PM

    I had to do a report on her but I find her life so fascinating(though it’s tragic) it didn’t feel like a report I’m so glad I picked her as a topic.

  • Comment by Nancy — November 17, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

    I am fascinated by the story of Marie Antoinette. While she is best remembered wearing the huge court panniers and high dressed hair of the mid 18th century, she atually seemed to favor a simpler life as she grew older. She introduced the muslin dress, retreated to the quiet unregimented life of Petit Trianon and spent more time with her children that most monarchs of her era. She was generous and kind, according to most accounts. Revolutionaries discredited her with false rumors in widely distributed pamphlets. Remarkably, those rumors exist even today.

    I don’t know why I feel such a loyalty to this long-ago queen. A few years ago I went to a psychic for regression hypnotism, expecting to go back to 18th century France. I was suprised not to go there — it seems my past lives were lived in other times – there was nothing that surfaced about the French Revolution, even though that is the point in history that I have studied most fervently. Go figure!

    For some odd reason, I have this desire that the public take the time to understand Marie Antoinette. I wish there were ways to prove how devout she was as a royal, a wife, a mother, and a Catholic. People have said she’s ‘stuck up’ but for heaven’s sake, she was a Queen. They are different from you and me. Look at today’s Queen Elizabeth. She’s modern but she’s the Queen! When Princess Diana came on the scene, I had this feeling that she was the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette. The way she doted on her kids, led fashion and became the people’s princess seemed like Marie Antoinette Deja Vu. The absentee husband, out hunting….the abiding and very public love for her children, the waxing and waning love of the public…it all seemed strangely familiar. And sure enough, Princess Diana died in Paris in her 30s, like Marie Antoinette, in a very public place, in a public spectacle, hounded by the paparazzi as Marie Antoinette was hounded by the revolutionaries. The parallels are probably even stronger if someone were to really investigate it.

    I am grateful for this site and the opportunity to further explore the life of the enigmatic and beautiful Marie Antoinette. Keep up the good work.

  • Comment by teehee — November 18, 2009 @ 4:28 PM

    i have to do a report for world history. it’s a hall of fame or hall of shame poster and we had to choose someone of signifigance during the french revolution. i decided to do the poster on her….hall of shame. why shameful yuu ask? she contributed to France’s debt for her outrageous fashions.

  • Comment by Cecilie — November 21, 2009 @ 1:54 PM

    Marie Antoinette’s reputation was one of the many victims of the French Revolution. It is RIDICULOUS to assume that she contributed significantly to France’s debt. France’s money problems are better attributed to Louis XIV, the so called “Sun King” who built Versailles. Marie Antoinette was a charming, talented, and kind girl. She never said “Let them eat cake.” This comment is believed to have been made by a certain Marie Therese, the Spanish wife of Louis XIV. As for the lack of activity in the bedroom, Louis XVI was not gay. He suffered from phimosis, a condition that made it extremely painful for him to become aroused. Calling Marie Antoinette “stuck up” is really a stretch. She cared for her friends, her family, and her people. She attended charity benefits and did what she could to provide aid where it was needed. Unfortunately revolutionaries latched on to the opulent image she represented, and no amount of charity would have satiated them. Her actions in youth may have been unwise, but I do not believe she ever meant any harm to anyone.

  • Comment by Paulie — November 21, 2009 @ 4:12 PM

    I don’t think french’s debt is entirely her fault I mean yes she spent lots of money but her husbend and father in law were the ones who first started France’s debt. Marie’s contribution to it is just more noticable.

  • Comment by louis — November 24, 2009 @ 8:45 AM

    i feel disgusted about the whole french revolution.
    i can understand that the people wanted to abolish the monarchy for a reason or another but there was no need to tourture and kill the monarchy in such a gruesome way.
    italy’s monarch exiled somewhere else in europe.. they didnt get decapitated!!
    i am appaled by the way the whole of france treated their king and queen!
    last yeari went to versailles and the tour guide barely mentioned marie anotinette.. just saying she was a spoiled self centered queen with many vices and lack of empathy for her people. so thats exactly how many french people feel about her to this day.
    shame on france and its ignorance!!

  • Comment by Elaina — December 2, 2009 @ 11:20 AM

    French woman disgust me!!!
    Its a very sad situation…. though i don’t think it’s all her fault….

  • Comment by spongebob — December 6, 2009 @ 6:39 AM

    im doing a report on her for notable people in history i have to write a paper make a soap bottle doll,have fact cards,a timeline,bio poem,fact sheet,pictures and dress up like her!!

    NO KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment by Mikala — December 10, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

    I have to write a paper of her and act like im her friend and like i was there. any ideas?

  • Comment by Emily — December 14, 2009 @ 8:57 AM

    The life of Marie Antoinette was the stuff of dreams? Poetic, your talking about the last female monarch of France, come on now.

  • Comment by Michelle — December 19, 2009 @ 2:13 PM

    I really admire her although her life was really tragic, I wish I could have met her or prevented Louis XVI and her horrible death *cry* after I read a book about her I literally started to cry, it just touched me. The first time I ever cried over a book…

  • Comment by Elise — December 20, 2009 @ 2:50 AM

    I really admire Marie Antoinette despite her life being so tragic. When I first learnt of her I cried to learn of her horrid death but I still admired her for not conforming to the typical acts of Queen.

  • Comment by Sandra McDonald — December 26, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

    It is tragic that people can still be so simple minded about things they know nothing about. Marie Antoinette was a very young child thrust ino a woman’s position at the age of 15. Her life was spent away from family and without Love and understanding except for a few close friends. It amazes me how rumors and jealousy could be the downfall of humans even then. Her death was a great tragedy and she never got the respect she deserved as the Queen. It’s sad that she was treated with such little respect even as she was put to death. I watched the movie and have been deeply moved by her life. I’m glad I am not royality because if it’s anything like her life I’d rather stay poor and simple.

  • Comment by Brittani Dunn — January 1, 2010 @ 10:00 PM

    It’s so sad. She was misunderstood and all of the blame for the mismanagement of funds was placed upon her. Not to mention her indecisive husband who didn’t really help much to clear her name or correct the rumors flying around about her. The saddest part though, I think is that out of four children, they all died before reaching adulthood. Being royalty is obviously not all it’s cracked up to be. I:m so glad I wasn’t in her position. She was basically put in a lose-lose situation. So sad. :( R.I.P. Marie Antoinette. One positive though, she did change the fashions in the time for the better. :)

  • Comment by sfdhklfajl — January 4, 2010 @ 1:26 PM

    I have heard she was married at 14 and also at 15 which one is true?

  • Comment by Adrienne — January 4, 2010 @ 4:03 PM

    Well she was born in November 1755, her ceremonial marriage took place in May 1770 (she had already been married by proxy in April) making her 14 at the time of her marriage.

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  • Comment by Amber — January 6, 2010 @ 9:51 AM

    She is very interesting indeed. However, I find it more interesting that some are saying Jesus wasn’t real. Really? I understand that some are not Christian so it is possible to debate whether or not he is the Son of God. But to question if he was a real man? There is scientific proof that he existed. There are records(anyone questioning if Pilate or Tiberius Caesar was real?), take the time to so some research before spouting off and pretending that you are knowledgable about a subject that you apparently are not.

  • Comment by Adrienne — January 6, 2010 @ 10:02 AM

    Can we please keep the discussion here on topic and move on from a discussion of Jesus. There are many blogs and forums where you can discuss a) his reality and b) his divinity. This is not one of them. Any further comments on this will be edited and/or deleted.


  • Comment by Lancelot — January 6, 2010 @ 3:15 PM

    We all … ALL … have faults! The true measure of ones character is how we handle ourselves in defeat. Both Louis and Marie were brave, and deserve credit for their actions at the end (I can only imagine … think of it!). For this I say … Viva Louis … Viva Marie!

  • Comment by Lisa — January 7, 2010 @ 9:45 AM

    This is so sad…Yeah, she spent alot of money but did she ENTIRELY put France into debt? I think not.

  • Comment by janine quinlan — January 7, 2010 @ 5:18 PM

    It was the American Revolution which Louis was convinced to assist, that bankrupted the French Vault, as well as the cortesiers wanting their piece of the pie. Marie did as she was bred and married to do.

    No person deserves the despicable treatment that she and her poor children received, esp. someone who did not heap any harm or ill will on mankind.
    Despite the brainwashing of her son , the dauphin, who he was dragged away from her kicking and screaming for weeks on end, and was induced to evoke acccusations of sexual abuse supposedly perpetrated by her and her sister-in-law , Marie Antoinette never gave up on him and defended him to her daughter to the bitter end.
    This was one of the alleged “straws” that led to her guilty verdict, though it is doubtful that anyone would believe in their hearts that this Queen Mother would desecrate her son this way-given her secret enchantment with the Alex Ferson, but that is what the Consul would have like societe to believe. Guess what, only the angry mob likely believed that. Even her humble wig makers and prison servants paid with their lives to try to save her.
    Maybe that is why the French hate us (we caused the French Revoution-not)

  • Comment by Lorna Tilton — January 12, 2010 @ 5:15 AM

    It wasn’t that Louis didn’t like her, they were just children when forced to be married. #1 they were to young to have sex #2 Louis needed a small surgical procedure before he could have sex. #3 For the most part of her life Marie thought that her life was the way it was suppose to be, she had little knowledge of starving french and by the time she realized it was to late! #4 She and her children should have escaped sooner. Poor marie. Her abuse, torture and death should not have been allowed to happen. Shame on you french fishwives!

  • Comment by Lorna Tilton — January 12, 2010 @ 5:22 AM

    I have myself wondering, do todays french citizen’s feel any shame for having murdered their own king and queen or do the french still hate these people? Tears fall down my face reading marie’s story especially when we get to the part when the little daupin prince died of neglect in a dark, dank & sqaulid prison all alone. Gross! I would not want that on my conscience.

  • Comment by Hannah V — January 12, 2010 @ 9:17 AM

    I’m doing a report on herin school and all this info really helped me. We have to dress up like her and then sit for like an hour like in a wax musem.

  • Comment by Eva — January 19, 2010 @ 5:38 AM

    It’s so sad that she so fully ruined he own life like that. She probably had potential to be a great queen and wife and friend.

  • Comment by Sophia-Marie — January 22, 2010 @ 10:14 AM

    i do admit, Marie Antoinette’s story is the most intruiging of all the royal scandals of the time. she just wasn’t understood at all. all people thought of her was some selfish, self-centered Queen who didnt care about anyone else. yes, maybe she didn’t really benefit the country of France, but she was the most glamorous of all Queens. i admire her and the way she lived, but i wouldn’t want to be her.

    p.s. any reccomendations for books?

  • Comment by Adrienne — January 22, 2010 @ 3:37 PM

    Hi Sophia-Marie, thanks for your comment. There are lots of book recommendations and comments you can check out in the forum:

  • Comment by Linda Foshee — January 27, 2010 @ 3:17 PM

    Has anyone in the French government been beheaded for debt problems
    since Marie Antoinette…..? I THINK NOT? How absurd that they
    would hold this women who was brought into this royal position it
    was not her choosing and held responsible for an entire countries
    debt…and to think what was done to her children through this
    entire episode….it just seems demonic. The US is in deep debt
    and the country is imploding in on itself and have we beheaded
    anyone ( I am sure we could pick out a few deserving people) but
    we have enough compassion for the human frailties that we forgive
    and move on with the business at hand. Killing does not end wars,
    and hunger and debt!

  • Comment by Cody — January 28, 2010 @ 12:42 AM

    Im doing a research report on Marie. I found this site very useful. Thank you!

  • Comment by blue — January 31, 2010 @ 3:47 AM

    I cried reading her biography…this is really’s so sad….especially her children…so so sad……

  • Comment by Duckie — February 8, 2010 @ 4:31 AM

    One of her children, Marie Therese, did survive to adulthood. See for details.

  • Comment by Michaela — February 15, 2010 @ 4:34 PM

    Her life and death is as interesting and sad as Mary, Queen of Scots, another misunderstood Queen. Neither queen did all she could have for her people – they were very interesting women and personalities but not very good rulers.

  • Comment by lexi — February 17, 2010 @ 10:37 AM

    I have never really liked Marie Antoinette. She did say, “Let them eat cake!” because she was so clueless about the depression.

  • Comment by Clare — February 17, 2010 @ 7:06 PM

    Actually she didn’t say “Let them eat cake!” at all. It amazes me that this myth persists. You are welcome to dislike Marie Antoinette, I would recommend that you do so on better grounds than you have just offered.

  • Comment by Donna — March 1, 2010 @ 11:39 AM

    The lofe of Marie Antoinette is fascinating and tragic. Just imagine yourself going through the agony of having some of her children die, and her son being dragged away from her, let alone her husband being killed, and being locked in a prison to rot away and die. By the time she was beheaded, she could possibly thought of death as a welcome rescue from the life she was forced to live.
    I have to question the violence of the time. The hackings, beheadings, and displaying the heads–and other body parts–on sticks, or arranging them in grotesque displays. Those people must have been psychotic. Has anyone done any research on these barbaric practices?
    In the end, may Marie Antoinette rest in peace. Long live the Queen!

  • Comment by Eliana — March 5, 2010 @ 2:43 PM

    i lyk Maries story , tho it was bittr-sweet
    i would say more but im not supossd to be on
    th computer. thanks so much for th info that
    i needed for th report!!

  • Comment by Jonsdogs — March 8, 2010 @ 10:43 AM

    this is the best website for marie antoinette i looked at all of them but this is the best

  • Comment by Lilmagpie — March 19, 2010 @ 11:43 AM

    Okay, so I have been OBSESSED with history like my whole life and Marie Antoinette is amazing! Even though when she got married wasn’t her named change to Maria Antoina… Im just say’n! Anywho… I think that she was truly unfairly exucuted! If anyone should have been punished it should have been 1) Maria Theresa for not propaly educating Marie 2) Louis dad for being a jerk! 3) Louis’ grandpa for starting absolutism!! She was just misunderstood! And also yes, she did buy in extravagance, but that was how she was raised! I don’t think she really knew what was going on till it was to late! Lastly, this revolution had been brewing looong before Marie, it just so happened that they snapped when she was there!
    If ya find any speeling mistakes you can keep them! :)

  • Comment by Sunny — April 8, 2010 @ 2:29 AM

    I just watched the movie Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst and that compelled me to study more about her. Pretty fascinating stuff, as a lot of history is. {Edited for relevance}

  • Comment by Madeleine — April 8, 2010 @ 9:11 AM

    Wow, isnt this supposed to be comments about the biography? You girls should not post your religious beliefs on here, along with whether or not you saw the movie with Kirsten Dunst. I am an eighth grader from Arizona and to me, this whole debate that is going on through comments is unecessary. Just read the passage and post what you thought without including a whole life story. By the way, all you people that ignored the bickering and just said what you thought, good for you.

    Furthermore, I am aware that I am kind of acting like a hypocrite because I interveined but it was just really annoying to read the comments. So all you people that think I should take my own advice, I know that I should. I just felt the need to express my opinion.

    Lastly, I enjoyed the biography, it had alot of good, solid detail. It was a great information source for my biography scrapbook project I had to do. =)

  • Comment by Clare — April 8, 2010 @ 10:55 PM

    Thanks Madeleine, it’s good to see some sense from someone so young :) Anyone following the comments will notice that I am now editing them for relevance, if you post something unrelated to the article it will be edited and note a posted. It’s great to read the discussion and I’m please the article has been useful to you, but it’s more useful to all of us to keep the comments on topic.

  • Comment by Margi Seif — April 12, 2010 @ 5:06 AM

    I was very impressed with the amount of information provided by this website on the child queen. We have been to Paris and throughout France several times, and each time, went away with the impression that Marie Antionette was considered, by the Frence people, to be like a virus that “infected” the noble country of France. Obviously, their children are being taught revisionist history – the tool of the guilt-ridden. If the true history is not taught, how can they judge or learn from past mistakes?
    My hope is, that through your website, the children who tell us that they are doing reports on the last French queen, will put into prectice what they should have learned here about the damge of rumors, false judgement, mob rule mentality and the manipulative mechanacians of one or two mean-spirited persons.

  • Comment by lilmagpie — April 14, 2010 @ 6:41 AM

    K, I have corrections to make to my previous comment!
    Her name was originally Maria Antoina, and was changed to Marie Antoinette. I got kinda confused there. And When I said who should be blamed it was Louis’ grandfather for being a jerk and his great grandfather for starting absolutism!! I had forgotten about how Louis XV as Louis XVI’s grandfather!!
    I also want to thank who wrote this because I used it for my research paper at school and it was SUPER helpful!
    If you find any spelling mistakes you can keep them!! :)

  • Comment by Penelope — April 16, 2010 @ 3:21 AM

    I am doing a report for famous women, and I decided to pick Marie Antoinette. Why?
    French women are like stale chocolate. They have an appetizing appeal, when in reality it is hard & stale.
    Although I did think Marie Antoinette would be of the same impression, I was wrong. She had a love for all things exotic… of which I do not. We love to hate her because she had a luxury we don’t. She had men stepping all over others for her, (only for a short period,) & she had all of France’s debt at her feet. I hate and admire her.

  • Comment by Penelope — April 16, 2010 @ 3:23 AM

    Oh, I forgot to mention I am only in the fifth grade.

  • Comment by Lisa — April 22, 2010 @ 4:14 PM

    Actually, Marie A. was a typically spoiled, over-indulged royal who really happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, historically speaking. She is not alone in her experience of, as a royal, being married off to a stranger at age 14, and probably this couple was not the only royal couple who had troubles sexually at such a young age. This was a pitiful aspect of life for most royals at that time.

    Marie was young and foolish in many of her choices–her breach of protocol made many enemies, and her party-spirit lifestyle (which she had been warned about but to no avail), and her extravagence opened the door for the kinds of over-the-top accusations made against her. Again, during any other time in history, these accusations would probably have passed. But because of the brewing egalitarian radicalism that was spreading all over France, mixed with the country’s financial troubles, there was no hope for Marie and Louis.

    Every revolution has to have a scapegoat for the people to rally against, and Marie was the scapegoat very much in the same way George III was in the American Revolution: real abuses were magnified to make the scapegoats seem even more wicked than they were, in order to stir up the public revolt.

  • Comment by emily steuber — May 1, 2010 @ 8:57 AM

    I’m sorry to say there are several inaccuracies in this biography, and it is immensely over-glamourized.

  • Comment by Clare — May 1, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

    Perhaps Emily, instead of merely saying there are inaccuracies it would be helpful to outline what those inaccuracies are? Otherwise your comment is practically useless …

  • Comment by lilly — May 5, 2010 @ 12:56 PM

    Wow..this was really helpfull! Her death was so tragic, she did alot of good things for the people of Frace! It is really sad that she is remembered for the line, “let them eat cake” because its not true that she ever said that!! she did however do tons of charity work, and was somewhat aware of the condition france was in. On the other hand she was spending huge sums of money and puting france in detb (well at least adding to the debt)not only that but she also had built a tiny farm, and would “work” in it pretending to be a maid. this did upset many people. So i guess i can understand both sides of the story. France was at the time were a revolution was needed.. they had suffered enough because of there monarchs in the past and had had enough… But that suffering wasnt caused by marie. This to me is the tragic part..she had to die because of the Kings and Queens before her, the people of France took their anger out on her, and her children.

  • Comment by lilly — May 5, 2010 @ 1:01 PM

    Opps I almost forgot to ask…what ever happened to Marie antoinette’s daughter?

  • Comment by barbara — May 10, 2010 @ 12:17 PM

    as the saying goes money doesn’t buy happiness!!

  • Comment by xxlamexx — June 2, 2010 @ 12:19 PM

    Who was the one that wrote this article?

  • Comment by Clare — June 2, 2010 @ 9:33 PM

    The author is anonymous.

  • Comment by Brittany — June 16, 2010 @ 2:19 PM

    I heard that Marie really didn’t die by beheading but by catching influenza during her time in prison?

  • Comment by Clare — June 16, 2010 @ 7:20 PM

    No that’s not true Brittany.

  • Comment by Kermi — July 8, 2010 @ 7:22 PM


    I’ve watched the movie & read all the comments above.

    One thing that everyone must keep in mind is that in that time period it was an acceptible action that the mob had done. The dismeberment, etc.

    I agree that it was a horrible thing to do & in this age it would be unthinkable in most areas of the world. If you investigate/read/research other monarchies of that time, it wasn’t a strange thing to torture, mame & make the innocent say things that would make them be found guilty nor make the innocent seem quilty. Torture of the “unthinkable” for us today was common place in the times of the old days. Even today torture of different sorts are still carried out.

    Marie was quite young to have been married off, as she was. Pressure from all sides on this young girl would make anyone crazy. It is sad that she had to endure the loss of her children, again that was a common thing then because of the lack of “our” medical knowledge.

    Kudos, for all your opinions & thoughts.

    P.S. the whole Jesus/Marie questions/doubts are really trival things to get defensive or not, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and everyone should respect others opinons & take them as such.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  • Comment by victoria — July 10, 2010 @ 12:12 PM

    A Queen at 14. Did she know what was to be expected from a Queen? Was she brought up to rule France? I’d like to know more about her background, not just her death. What was she like as a 14 year old child? And finally- why is there so much interest in just her and not Louie,

  • Comment by victoria — July 10, 2010 @ 12:16 PM

    Also, was she that pretty? Every picture I have seen of her shows one ugly, blah face. Oh, her luscious endowed breasts cannot be seen.

  • Comment by Gloria castillo — July 15, 2010 @ 3:37 AM

    this is a sad story

  • Comment by Deb — July 15, 2010 @ 11:32 PM

    I have to agree with Lisa’s post of 4/22. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man – until maybe later when they came together as a couple, had their children, and began family life. I don’t think she was like Princess Diana because Diana went out of her way to come out of her palace and find out what the people needed – but Marie did not – for whatever reason. Maybe she was just too busy with her children or really didn’t care – no one will ever know for sure what her motives were. I’d be interested in finding about some prime sources for her motives. Were all her documents (letters, etc..) destroyed in the revolution? What strikes me as interesting is that so many people in their comments feel sorry for Marie at being married so young. Young marriages were extremely common at the time (not just in royal families) – if you weren’t married by 18 you were in danger of being the subject of gossip about why you were still single. Children in the 1700’s were not the children we know today. They were given responsibilities at a very young age compared to modern times. They were treated as adults from a very young age and girls often had their first babies as “teen moms”. When you think about the average age of death as being 40ish for middle class people – it kind of makes sense to marry young and have your children young. Also, when so many children died young – it made sense to start having them young and to have many of them so that you could have some survive to help do the work of the house and farm. I think that in our treatment of children in these modern times, we have actually allowed our young people stay “children” way too long and be less responsible and less able to adjust to the realities of how tough life really can be – but that’s a different topic.

  • Comment by Juniper — July 16, 2010 @ 7:04 AM

    I just found this site after reading about her on wikipedia, after seeing the movie with Kirsten Dunst. I thought this site had better info than wikipedia and I am glad I found it, esp the part about the “necklace affair”……wasn’t there a movie about that?? Anyone remember the name, or am is that just wishful thinking??
    I also wanted to add my 2 cents to the whole debate as to whether or not she was a “good person” No one who lives today really knows what she was honestly like, I’m sure most ref books of those days were not 100% accurate. I found her story sad, and was disappointed in the way there goverment endned things, but since I was not there for the events, I can’t really say that she was mean, or rude or “got what she deserved”. From what I’ve read and seen she seemed to have been someone who was kind and loving. Interesting bit about whether or not the French still hate them today…. that is something I would like to know!

  • Comment by Clare — July 16, 2010 @ 10:29 AM

    Yes there was a movie – The Affair of the Necklace ( Hilary Swank played Jeanne de La Motte, and Joley Richardson was Antoinette.

  • Comment by courtney — July 23, 2010 @ 5:18 PM

    Ummm.. i feel very sad for marie antoinette. for the life she had to receive at a very young age. lost and unaware of her true glad that she went through these things to let us know that being royalty isnt always what you expect. and that it comes with sacrifices and consequences just as much as anything else would. i feel she play her positoin as queen as well as she could and that she did a great job! and for that i praise her for. i also feel anyone in her positoin would of had the same fate.. but they wouldnt of been able to play the role as great as she did.. soo really what im trying to say is that noone is perfect royalty or not were all human and made to make mistakes and go through pain and suffering. nd life is never fair even for a queen..and for that being said ..LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!!!!!:) because she did her best.. something i kno i wouldnt have the power and strength to even imagine doing.Thank you Marie..for doing your best. thanx thats all i got to sayy.. 😛

  • Comment by Mishelle — July 27, 2010 @ 10:30 AM

    Ironically, I took a silly quiz on facebook in which it stated that I was like Marie Antoinnette in a past life. I became intrigued and stumbled onto this Biography. I found this Biography about Marie Antoinnette quite interesting and disturbing at the same time. It is sad to know that society plays such a devastating end to someone who was trying to enjoy life as she wished. She probably wanted to taste life and all it had to offer. Who really wants to be quiet and reserved all of the time? I am guessing that she was certain of herself and wasn’t concerned as to what people thought of her because she knew she was a good person who cared for the people who were loyal to her. Too bad she was scrutinized and seperated from her children. This makes me think of how often society does this in today’s time. Makes one wonder if we are treating someone unkindly and unfairly as well.

  • Comment by Fabian — July 28, 2010 @ 11:01 PM

    I find Marie Antoinette to be the most fascinating woman in France’s history and there are definitely many interesting women in that arena. It is very unfortunate however that the image that is most commonly held of her is that which was created by her detractors. She is incredibly enigmatic precisely because so much false information was spread about her both during her life and after her death. I’ve been reading about her for years and always feel as if I never quite get to know her. Visiting the palace at Versailles, and the Petit Trianon in particular, is about as close as I’ve ever felt I could come to her and her world.

  • Comment by Katey — August 2, 2010 @ 6:38 PM

    I agree, Marie Antoinette is so fascinating and so incredibly interesting.
    I’m only 16 and i beleive, I too, will one day pursue my dreams and visit Versailles and hopefully follow my inspiration (Marie Antoinette) and move to France where i can visit le château de Versailles as much as possible.
    I love Marie Antoinette and i love France and this is what keeps me motivated to do well in my life.

  • Comment by JJ — August 14, 2010 @ 6:00 AM

    Last night I watched the 1938 version of “Marie Antionette” (Turner Classic Movies) with Norma Shearer and found it to be very historically accurate. It gave a lot more detail and perspective than the Kirsten Dunst movie. I guess I should say, “historically accurate as to what I have read.” I have found that “true history” as another mentioned is really all biased by the writer. You can put whatever spin on it that you want. Many who read her biography and feel sorry for her haven’t put themselves in the shoes of the starving peasants, who saw her opulence but couldn’t even feed their children. If they read the stories from their perspective I’m sure they could see why “enough was enough.”

  • Comment by cotton — August 16, 2010 @ 5:50 AM

    What happened to her daughter? I don’t find much about her above. Thanks.

  • Comment by sophia — August 17, 2010 @ 4:37 AM

    Marie-Antoinette really was a wonderful woman. I think her peasants should think of when she gave them money and food and jewels! What do you think?
    Sophia Pepper
    P.S.Send your reply to

  • Comment by sophia_rythm — August 17, 2010 @ 10:03 PM

    really beautiful
    wndrfully written
    hats off

  • Comment by June Hess — August 19, 2010 @ 4:24 AM

    Whoever wrote this should do some further research. Marie Antoinette was not her mother’s favorite daughter. In fact, they didn’t have much of a relationship at all. I don’t know if I should read any further. Who knows what else is incorrect. Does anyone review this stuff before it is put out there for unsuspecting readers to accept as factual?

  • Comment by Clare — August 19, 2010 @ 1:13 PM

    Hi June,

    This article represents the work and the opinions of the author. You are welcome to write and publish your own account of Marie Antoinette’s life if you wish, many others have done so. It is, as it always is with material published on the internet or on paper, the responsibility of the reader to evaluate its accuracy and make their own judgment, as you have done.

    Thanks for your contribution.

  • Comment by Sasha — August 24, 2010 @ 1:15 PM

    I am just wondering, do the French still dislike Marie Antoinette? I find her story to be moving and find her to be one of the most misunderstood people in history so I was planning to get a tattoo in her honor. If I were to go to France would they look at me in disgust? Not that France was that great when I visited there anyway. I just don’t want to offend anyone, not that it’s really going to change my mind because I really want this tattoo. Anyone have an opinion on this?

  • Comment by indie — October 4, 2010 @ 4:33 AM

    i recently did a family tree and found out that my family was related to king louis… Its pretty cool!

  • Comment by Tony — October 25, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

    After channel surfing, I came across the Marie Antoinette movie on Sundance, and it pushed me to want to know more about this woman. I found this article very informative. The one complaint I would have is that it is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. If there are indeed children utilizing this site for research related to school projects, I feel it is important that it be further reviewed and edited as necessary. In this age of “text speak”, it is vital that we lead by example and demonstrate for the wee ones the proper use of the English language…and no, it does not need to be the King’s English.

  • Comment by Clare — October 25, 2010 @ 8:01 PM

    Thanks for your comment, but as I have said numerous times, most recently only days ago, I am not particularly concerned with the “wee ones” proper use of the English language. Let the parents and the teachers correct the use of English in their home and classrooms. This is merely a small website built for the purpose of discussing the life and times of Marie Antoinette. It is not to be held up as a paragon of English grammar, spelling, or proper usage, and makes no such claims. We are not responsible for how the article is used and if students are using web resources they should be taught to use them with caution – that is also the job of parents and teachers.

    The article will not be edited unless the author requests it. S/he has not in the more than ten years that it has been part of this site.

    As an aside, “text speak” is a form of English, it is not improper nor is it wrong. You may like to consider that and perhaps take the time to become familiar with it as I imagine the wee ones will speak their own versions of English whether you like it or not. If there are any other pedants out there concerned with the sorry state of the English language, please take your comments to a forum/blog/website on that subject. You may use this article as an example of the way that English is going to hell in a hand basket if you wish. I expect you would do so in exemplary English – although how you define that beats me.

    On the other hand, if you wish to discuss the life and time of Marie Antoinette, welcome and we thank you for your input.

  • Comment by b_marie — October 28, 2010 @ 12:17 AM

    uhhhmm… i believe that marie was a great person, young and dumb? possibly. but you name me a 14 year old that knows how to run a country efficiently. not very many.

  • Comment by Bonnie — October 30, 2010 @ 6:47 AM

    I found this information very useful for the essay I have to write about her. She is my favorite historical monarch to learn about and I find her very interesting. I personally think this information was written fine and these people, whoever they are, are just being stupid when talking about the correct form of English and the writing skills used. When writing a paper, like Iam doing this is fine because the writing skills in the information don’t matter because your taking the idea from the information and putting them in your own words and using the facts. The only way the grammar and punctuation from here would matter for an essay being written, would be if you were copying this. Which is plagiarism and you can’t do when wrting an essay. Teachers check that. Also, not everyone uses the “txt language.” It’s only used when sending a txt or in instant messanging. You need to get your facts straight. A little “txt language” for you- B.T.W. nobody sais “wee ones!” Who are the “wee ones” your talking about, because in my book “wee ones” means young as in, pre-school young and last time I checked, they aren’t writing essays and projects about historical monarchs around the world. That would be middle school and up, and I take that offensively to be called a “wee one!” How would you like to be called ” old farts” because you waste your time talking crap about the english language and how this information was written. That’s what people with no life do. Instead wasting away your useless life commenting this crap about a perfectly fine thing of information , why don’t you just make your own. People like that annoy the crap out of me, especially since I happened to love this. Anyways I think it was good,a dn I’ll be using this for my research paper, which I’ll probably get an A on.

  • Comment by Bonnie — October 30, 2010 @ 7:09 AM

    this talk of her saying “Let them eat cake,” if she even said it, is probably contributed to what her advisors in court were telling her. She had no idea in the begining of her peoples poorness. Alls she knew was what her advisors told her, and she was young, so she believed them until she saw with her own eyes what was going on. Then she tried to help, she did charity and helped as much as possible. That is just not said because people like to ridicule her about personal life, which we hardly know the true facts of, and her fashions. What is wrong with buying grand. She was queen, she had a rep. to uphole and she just so happens to be the most stylish figurehead in history and today in fashion is looked back on as begining of Fashion. Her style is still influencing designers today. The debt was not caused by her, but by Louis the IV- The Sun King who built the huge palace of Versailles. It has 1,400 fountains, a hall of mirrors, all gold, and huge real crystal chandeliers. Hell yeah thats expensive! With thousands of acres of gardens. Do you even have any idea how much water pressure was needed to run these fountains! Today, to build this, you would need around 10 million dollars! That’s where the debt came from. Try paying that one off!

  • Comment by Emma — October 31, 2010 @ 6:43 AM

    Waw what a tragedy, It does pain my heart yet make me want to learn more.

    [Edited for relevance … Please see earlier note regarding discussion of religion. Thank you.]

    Glad I stumbled on this, food for thought in many ways.

  • Comment by sara — November 9, 2010 @ 7:03 AM

    Imagine yourself at the age she was, and everything you have ever known taken from you. Then to be thrown into a life where you know absolutly no one, but are forced to where a smile and act as if you like it. Of course , she needed escape from it sometimes and who would nt at that age and lifestyle, want all the pretty expensive things. but even through all the horrors of her own children dying and some being ripped from her arms, only to b neglected and meeting death as well. She held her head high right to the very end. She was truly a QUEEN, and we should all hope that we have the courage and dignity to live our lives that way, and even die that way. May you rest in peace now MRS.ANTOINETTE, for all you went through. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your children.

  • Comment by lemercier duquesnay — November 23, 2010 @ 10:06 AM

    Once again, take your screenplay to Hollywood. My Queen was not whom you concocted.

  • Comment by Madeline Young — November 28, 2010 @ 12:20 PM

    I would like to say that this is a very well written and accurate account of the Dauphine’s life. One thing that I did find troubling was the miss-quotaion of her phrase “Let them eat cake.” This saying is generally lost in translation. When told of the people’s sufferings the naivee Antoinette answered with “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”. Brioche is a bread that is enriched with eggs and butter, a sort of dessert bread, not cake. Although Marie had the best intentions for her people, she failed to grasp the concept of the LACK of food the French people were facing. I find this to be key in understanding her character, for she was not as selfish as some portray, just oblivious.
    Merci beaucoup.

  • Comment by Madeline Young — November 28, 2010 @ 1:11 PM

    Another thing I am noticing with the comments is sympathy or plain disregard. Marie Antoinette was a women married off in a marraige arraingement for political alliances. What most tend to forget is that the age that people were married at was younger, not to mention most Americans will not understand this due to the fact that we are not emiresed daily in that culture. I personally have been to France, seen her bed, her secret passage ways, the Hall of Mirrors, everything. It is maginficent! And yes, that is where most of the debt came from. Louis XIV started to plan it out and build it, but it cost him greatly. Then came the war and alliance with American against Britain. This cost MONEY to send troops and supplies (guns, poweder, bullets…) across the ocean. Marie contributed with her extravigent fashion and frivilous spending, but at this time the French were just looking for a scapegoat, an excuse for change, and she handed it to them. She was very sought after by many men, and the ones she turned down plotted against her. Women gossiped about her because of their jealousness of her beauty and position. Who wouldn’t want to be Queen of France? True she was young and naivee but she was also strong and pushed for many of the political changes, even if those changes didn’t favor the citizens of France all the time. She was royalty and they were commoners.
    The French have been oppressed for centuries. First by the churches who limited their freedoms and took bribes from noblity. Then monarchy comes with strict rules with their noses up, holding to things lovely and sparkling and despising what is dirty and below them (ie. peasants). French people are full of passion. They hold tight to their freedoms and rights. There is so much more to them as a people that Americans will never grasp. I have only skimmed the surface with my studies and frequent encounters with French people. I have spoken French since I was young, but I am still learning. To understand the whole dynamic of the country at the time, I believe you would really have to go to France, speak to an elder living there, and go to the libraries and Versaille.
    Keep researching. Keep learning. Keep up the curiosity. Most importantly, keep an open mind. Don’t jump to conclusions until u have all points of view and facts and are able to disceern for yourself what you believe.
    Vive France! Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité!

  • Comment by Jordan — November 29, 2010 @ 1:00 PM

    What is the authors name of this article? And how do I cite this source?

  • Comment by wilbe — December 5, 2010 @ 1:52 PM

    Marie Antoinette looked extravagant but actually when the financial crisis in France occurred she was one of the first to cut down on spending and she even cut down on the palace officials. The other nobles where jealous of her so they spread the rumors that she was very extravagant. She’s my hero!

  • Comment by Pugwash81 — December 6, 2010 @ 7:14 PM

    Louis didn’t have an operation. Court documents say he never took a break from horse riding. His own doctor said that he was “Well made” and Marie Antoinette’s brother spoke with him and told in WRITTING, that they were “Blunderes”. People forget the fact he hated austria and was brought up not to trust them. Well not likely going to go easily to bed with one are you?. It is also noted that they started trying 4 years before the official consumation. Basicaly neither knew how to do it. He wouldn’t ejaculate inside her. I hate having to defend Louis in this matter all the time. Specially as most historians and biographers know about the documents, but choose to slander him (even if they think they are doing him justice) in that way. Louis wasn’t interested in sex and feared it at the same time. Maybe one day we can focus on how he built the first fire stations and marshals, or how he stayed true to god till the end.

  • Comment by Pugwash81 — December 6, 2010 @ 7:33 PM

    @Madeline Young, Sorry I would find it impossible to enjoy liberty and freedom knowing it came, not from brave soldiers who fought for thier country, but blood thirsty crimminals who murdered anyone and everyone. Bastille day is a celebration of rape, murder, injustice and corruption. Oh…. and false liberty. What about Louis XVI liberty? or Marie or thier children. Or when nobility women were litterally torn apart alive in the streets, some haveing thier breasts cut off, while they are screaming for mercy. Where was the right of man when thier trials/executions was being corrupted? Easy things for the French people of today to ignore for the sake of liberty.

  • Comment by Madeline Young — December 13, 2010 @ 5:33 PM

    I agree that there was injustices during that time that there was no excuse for. But the whole psychological termoil in the country at that time greatly contributed to the actions of the people. Desperate times calls for desperate measures as they say. By no means does this excuse their actions, but I think it helps us to better understand them. French people today are not proud of their history. Actually when you come to think of it, not many countries are. Humanity is like a tragedy, except the play doesn’t stop and the actors cannot go home. I only want people to view both sides to the equation and try to see where other points of view are coming from, to try to understand them. C’est tout.

  • Comment by Kenley Walters — December 17, 2010 @ 5:49 AM

    Marie Antoinette is the muse to my paper for a model french royal and she is truly amazing. As Dawn said, I wonder if she ever had any true hapiness. It is a sad ending to a very misunderstood life, that even I myself will never fully and completely understand. For I am only twelve years old and I still ponder the thought. I have found myself truly and completely fascinated by this woman. She was a truly remarkable person and I still ponder as to why those atrocious people would behead this amazing person, for she changed many lives, including mine, even several centuries later. I am currently reading a book about her called the Royal Diaries, Topic: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles. She has impacted many lives all the way up to today and i’m sure will impact many more. Thus, completing my statement, this woman was truly remarkable and had a terrible death, for many of you know that she died of a beheading. Sad. Terribly sad. :(

  • Comment by bethie.x — January 2, 2011 @ 12:51 AM

    Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Poor, poor woman. <3

  • Comment by B.M — January 2, 2011 @ 6:40 AM

    For years I have been in awww of Maire. Her story is one that I can’t even being to understand how she lived her life day to day. So young and innocent and having to grow up so fast beyond her years. I’m planing a trip to France this March. I’ve made it a point to stop by Versailles and walk in her footsteps.

  • Comment by jenna newberg — January 5, 2011 @ 2:04 AM

    i love this site it has the best info EVER!!!!!!

  • Comment by Hersey Namie — January 9, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

    I am writing a research paper about Marie Antoinette and this helped so much! Thank you!

  • Comment by Bree — February 11, 2011 @ 5:27 PM

    reading this biography, i now know things my teachers or my research had not explained, ever since i found about marie antionette apart of me has been inspired, i just cant believe how inhumaine they were in the french revolutoin, hence the guilotine……..i will be reading this site again, as i enjoyed it so much……and for the record, i believe she did not say “let them eat cake”

  • Comment by Shame on the French — February 15, 2011 @ 6:52 AM

    Shame on those who carried through with the French Revolution. The acts they exhibited were the most perverse and disgusting actions which were far worse than anything they ever accused her of. How dare they plumage and murder with fictional juries at the same time admonishing Queen Antionette for adolescent actions. Disgusting French people. Shameful revolution. They were all cold-blooded killers. Murderers to the end.

  • Comment by Antoinette — February 17, 2011 @ 3:32 AM

    my name is antoinette.

  • Comment by Shannon — February 28, 2011 @ 8:11 AM

    @Shame on the French. It is true that everything that had gone on in the French Revolution was 100% cruel and unjust, but not all the French people at the time agreed with what was going on. There were many people against it at the time, and many people who believed in the years after the Bastille came down that things had gone much too far. The only thing keeping it from being stopped was that the people who wanted it to keep going were the people in most power. Even though at one time those people were just bourgeoisies who didn’t have much say, they convinced everyone and gained power. So, it wasn’t good to blame everyone. Just the ones who thought they were doing France good in these acts.

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  • Comment by alexa — March 24, 2011 @ 2:30 PM

    Wow this was sad. She seemeded like a great person. I agree with who ever said each story has two sides, but i think it was horrible the way they treated her. She did try to help the poor. She was very misunderstood and deserved a chance to clear her name. What the they did to her was harsh (and ick!) whatever they had against her, there was no need to go that far.

  • Comment by alexa — March 24, 2011 @ 2:31 PM

    hope history won’t repeat it self!

  • Comment by Anwen — March 24, 2011 @ 10:33 PM

    I dreamt about Marie-Antoinette 2 nights ago… hence why i have researched her story. My ex husband told me once that i used to speak fluent french in my sleep – however have never learnt french. In my dream she was a busty blonde wearing a bright red flambouyant outfit, fitted bustiere, frilly white blouse underneath, almost the same as this picture on this website. My dream is bugging and i have no explanations to my dream. I wept for her not knowing anything about her. After reading her story i am saddened and feel sick to the core. What an horrific life, filled with pain, jealousy, betrayal, torture on every level, and grief. May she rest in peace.

  • Comment by michelle — March 31, 2011 @ 7:34 AM

    I have loved to learn about Marie Antoinette for a long time and this website has helped so much.I wish I could have met and gotten to know her. I would like to know how to cite this page though?

  • Comment by joanne — April 5, 2011 @ 1:08 AM

    I am so interested in marie antoinette and other women of royalty of
    early history. I would love to read more on her and see pictures of

  • 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.

  • Comment by nikke — April 27, 2011 @ 9:13 AM

    i believe that she was a high lady that any one could look up to and be proud. if she was my mother i would be the proudest person in the world

  • Comment by sam — May 1, 2011 @ 1:44 AM

    I have to do a project on her…i have to do an “interview” and I am going to dress up like her and everything.

  • Comment by Olav O — May 2, 2011 @ 5:15 AM

    My first trip to Versailles I was 15- and it got to me! Had read a book about her life prior to my visit..I really “met” her, and felt sooo strange the whole day..Going again soon with a friend,also interested in these stories and people. I like Coppolas film, obviously it’s not a historical document- but she managage to build up the psycological aspect greatly, and gives it a NERVE that I never seen before…and costumes/actors are great too- a bald brave take from S.Coppola- TA! By the way: I think I WAS M.A, and my husband was …..”Ms.America” herself………;-)Adieu

  • Comment by Allison — May 8, 2011 @ 6:50 AM

    When was this last updated?

  • Comment by Erin — May 10, 2011 @ 5:11 AM

    i absolutely ADORE Marie Antoinette and French Culture in general….. i currently am doung a report for my french classs on her, and this was very helpfull……. gotta <3 Marie!! :)

  • Comment by Mariano — June 7, 2011 @ 5:52 PM

    Whether monarchy or democracy, a government, if led by people like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette,will always end up in a revolution and reign of terror!The French, notwithstanding their pretensions to civilization, are still as barbaric as the ancient Gauls when provoked by extreme poverty, hunger and downright indignation!

  • Comment by Kate — June 8, 2011 @ 2:38 AM

    The last paragraph says “Later her head was throne in the cart” it should be “her head was thrown”.

    Other than that this site is wonderful and very informative

  • Comment by Victoria Hopkins — July 2, 2011 @ 12:06 AM

    Strangely, I googled the bio of Marie Antoinette today and just gasped when I found out that she died on this same day. I don’t know what compelled me to think of her today.How spooky is that?

  • Comment by Nat — July 8, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

    Wow………her life was ended tragically but I am so inspired and will read this story all the time!!!!!!!!

  • Comment by Margaret — July 27, 2011 @ 6:29 PM

    I am 62 yrs old, Australian, and was very strictly educated. I watched Marie Antionette with Kirsten Dunst and enjoyed it even though it was far from factual.
    My main complaint is that at least 80% of people who decided to comment on the life of M.A are close to being illiterate. The combination of bad spelling, bad punctuation, bad grammar and pathetic comments on something they have no clue about is distressing , to say the least. Does anyone in America know how to spell?

  • Comment by Lorraine — July 29, 2011 @ 11:26 PM

    I think she was caught in the web of her time and had a tragic life. I feel for her.

  • Comment by Judy Laaper — August 27, 2011 @ 6:17 AM

    I wish they had just sent her back to Austria with her children, If her mother “Empress Maria Teresa” was still alive she would have saved her and her children.

  • Comment by Hope — September 21, 2011 @ 9:37 AM

    this site really helped me figure out how to say she caused a revoultion, a reform, and caused a major reaction,

  • Comment by desiray — September 29, 2011 @ 11:03 PM

    she has the same middle name as me my real mom says we were related

  • Comment by eliza — October 4, 2011 @ 7:05 PM

    i’d just like to say, im not sure about this one, but the article on the diamond necklass affair was historically incorrect, and people have been saying they dont care cos it was “a good read” id just like to point out, marie antoinette was a REAL PERSON!!!!! not a story so saying reading lies is a good read is like reading a tabloid to find out the news. the only good this website has done is prove how many supporters marie antoinette had, other than that all it does is anger poeple like me who actually know stuff about marie antoinette by reading books written by REAL historians who do acurate research and make sure they are printing the truth!!!!!!! i’m thirteen, most of the poeple on this website are adults, so how is it that i care more about the truth than they do?

  • Comment by Clare — October 5, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

    Eliza, which parts of the article are historically incorrect? Which books have you read? If you’d like to challenge the accounts given here then by all means do so but please be clearer about what it is that you are actually challenging.

  • Comment by Amy Tinlin — October 10, 2011 @ 6:11 PM

    That was a real tragical end of a life. I would rather say they could sent children with her. anyway I am little bit doubtful about that Diamond Necklace Affair, it seems controversial. But she was a role model of French revolution by which she gathered lots of supporters.

  • Comment by eliza — October 12, 2011 @ 11:17 PM

    ok, in the article about the diamond neckless affair, it started off by saying she was married at fifteen, she was fourteen. you spelt habsburg like hapsburg. louis XVI never had the opperation that the article claimed he had.and it was not even that he couldnt….do stuff, it was just that he didnt know how. marie antoinette’s mother was called maria teresa, marie therese was her daughter.also in this article it was correct in saying she was married at fourteen, but you should at least make it so that in everything on this website the facts are the same!
    you should read marie antoinette:the last queen of france, by evelynne lever, its by an author who actually does research before she writes things!
    also, i think you shouldnt have a website about marie antoinette unless you actually have your facts right.

  • Comment by Clare — October 13, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

    Thanks for a clearer explanation Eliza. This is all contested history, Evelyne Lever’s biography is just one account. You will find differing accounts in differing histories. I think you would find that the authors of the articles on this site have done their research, they simply come to different conclusions to yours. If Lever is the only author you have read, then I in turn encourage you to read more widely.

  • Comment by Shannon — October 16, 2011 @ 6:51 PM

    Wow. I have learned more about Antoinette from this website than I did last year in my tenth grade history class. And what a coincidence that I decided to research her in depth on the anniversary of her (unfortunate) beheading. My thanks goes to the editor and the many commentators who have expanded on these articles. I hope the French masses will someday come to know their queen better.

  • Comment by eliza — October 17, 2011 @ 4:36 AM

    ok, firsy of all, i have read more than one book on marie antoinette, also how can you blame things like getting names mixed up and miss spellings on “differing explanations”? also, the other thing that i mentioned was incorrect i have heard form at least five different acounts by real hisotrians. and the thing i wrote about louis XVI never having that opperation, he kept hunting diaries, so had he had that opperation, wouldnt he have been hunting every day or whatever, i mean if you were a guy and you had an operation on your penis would you be hunting, which involves riding a horse, within a day or so? and this being the eighteenth century, no painrelief, i didnt think so.
    also, i’m not claiming to know loads about marie antoinette, but i do know enough to know this website’s in correct, and i think today of all days is not the time to argue about it seeing as at quarter past twelve today it was the exact 217 year anniversary of her death, but i think people, if they are interested in marie antoinette, owe her the respect to put the truth, and there is loads of evidence to support what i’m saying. i mean loads of people who lived at versailles between 1770 and 1789 wrote diarys as well as the king himself, so no offence, but i think that i’m am write. im not that great a person, im crap at most things, but the one thing i know is history. and i know its hard to admit somethings wrong but isnt it better to do that than claim your write when your not. and marie antoinette was a person, like i am and i think your a person (im not quite sure, i dont mean that in a mean way, im just saying….) and she was wrong and naive most of the time and she screwed up to many times to count, but her whole life was spent with people assumeing they knew everything about her, when they didnt. i know i dont know everything aobut her, how could i? she’s been dead 217 years, but at least if i was wrong, i would admit it.

  • Comment by Clare — October 17, 2011 @ 5:07 PM

    Thanks for coming back Eliza, I think that we can discuss her life on the anniversary of her death so many years after the fateful day is evidence of the intrigue that Marie Antoinette holds for so many people.

    As I said earlier there are many versions of Marie-Antoinette’s history, as none of us were there we have no claims on knowing which version is the truth. Certainly there may be some small errors in the text, the author is not available to correct them (I am not the uthor and I will not put words in his mouth). I think you will find however that the bulk of the history here, including some of the aspects that you disagree with is supported by historical scholarship. Is one version correct and the other false, perhaps, but that is what the comments section and the forum are here for. I don’t think it’s at all useful however to say “I think this history is wrong and it should be taken off the Internet.” If that were the standard we were going to live by there would be a lot less interesting material to read online and nothing to talk about.

    Can I invite you to join the forum here? I think you will find lots of people who share your view and others who might enjoy the debate with you!

  • Comment by eliza — October 18, 2011 @ 8:05 PM

    first of all, i’m not trying to be stubborn, but one of the things i said was incorrect and had historical evidence from the person it was about. ok, i keep a diary, like louis XVI did, if in 217 years somoebody said i had an opperation, but it was not mentioned in my diary which historians new very well existed, wouldnt that mean people were either ignoring the one which was more likely to be the truth, or choosing to believe historians over somebody who would know if they had an opperation, and if so, why would it not be mentioned in the diary. i mean an opperation is a pretty big thing.
    also, i think it is better to have less historical stuff on the internet in general, i mean, no wonder librarys are closing down, if people read the first website they see who knows how correct it was, i mean, say there was a website about marie antoinette which said she was evil, killed her husband and was a whore, as well as being a mistress to both her brothers in law, which is obviously not true and as far as i know this website doesnt exist, but say it did, what if it was created by a descendent of robespierre, who was looking to increase M.A.’s bad name, whereas with book, people are less likely to do that if they’ve got to find enough lies for a three hundred page book. also, the internet is very unreliable, ive seen three different websites about marie antoinette, its mysterious how the number of her siblings increases each website.
    and sometimes the internet is the only way to find stuff out, i’m writing a historical novel set in restoration london, and the main character is an actress, it was the first time they had actresses in england, and i cant find a single book about restoration actresses, so im putting my faith in the internet, but i want to be as historically correct as possible, so i either have to find a time machine (unlikely) stop writing it(the characters are always in my head so not possible) or believe what i read on the internet, which i am very reluctent to do. so sometimes the internet is the only way, but i think if someone is interested in marie antoinette they should read at least two different books by different authors. because with marie antoinette at least there are a lot of books about her
    i dont mean to insult this website cos i appreciate that alot of history is bound to be incorrect, i mean as well as the fact most historians have a biased oppinion so yeah, but i just want the world to know as much of the truth as possible, especially when it comes to marie antoinette, cos their were so many lies told about her when she was still alive, and now when she’s dead some people still believe them, or believe particular historical movies about her which portray her as an idiot.

  • Comment by jellybelly909 — October 19, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

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

  • Comment by Alice — October 21, 2011 @ 2:26 AM

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

  • Comment by Mariah — October 21, 2011 @ 11:45 AM

    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

  • Comment by derynirose — October 25, 2011 @ 1:21 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Hannah Van Heest — October 31, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

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

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  • Comment by bailey rose — November 7, 2011 @ 11:39 AM

    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

  • Comment by Keira — November 19, 2011 @ 3:22 PM

    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

  • Comment by kura — November 23, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

    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

  • Comment by kura — November 23, 2011 @ 11:51 AM

    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

  • Comment by claudia — November 23, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

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

  • Comment by d ball — November 27, 2011 @ 6:41 AM

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

  • Comment by d ball — November 27, 2011 @ 6:46 AM

    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.

  • Comment by d ball — November 27, 2011 @ 6:56 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Glycon — December 1, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Jean — December 4, 2011 @ 6:03 PM

    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

  • Comment by bailey rose — December 9, 2011 @ 2:09 PM

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

  • Comment by Bailee — December 15, 2011 @ 3:39 AM

    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!

  • Comment by sabrina — December 16, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

    this isa very sad vrey happy that i wasnt born in that time!

  • Comment by sabrina — December 16, 2011 @ 10:24 AM

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

  • Comment by sabrina — December 16, 2011 @ 10:25 AM

    ummm.all you people inspired me to post on this website.thankyou

  • Comment by sabrina — December 16, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

    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!

  • Comment by xdres — December 20, 2011 @ 2:02 AM

    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.

  • Comment by eliza — December 30, 2011 @ 9:12 PM

    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.

  • Comment by Chelsea O — January 5, 2012 @ 2:46 PM

    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

  • Comment by purp81 — January 26, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

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

  • Comment by Sicelo Khopho — February 6, 2012 @ 1:03 PM

    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.

  • Comment by Emma — February 8, 2012 @ 2:04 AM

    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.

  • Comment by MisterUppity — February 12, 2012 @ 7:55 PM

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

  • Comment by Amber — February 15, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

    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

  • Comment by Amber — February 15, 2012 @ 1:37 PM

    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)

  • Comment by Clare — February 15, 2012 @ 6:29 PM

    She was Catholic.

  • Comment by Heidi — February 16, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

    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.

  • Comment by amber — February 22, 2012 @ 3:48 AM

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

  • Comment by Jiyeon — March 2, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Maria — March 29, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

    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.

  • Comment by Susan — July 5, 2012 @ 9:12 AM

    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

  • Comment by Marc Beauchamp — August 2, 2012 @ 4:56 PM

    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!

  • Comment by Belinda Curtis — August 7, 2012 @ 10:00 PM

    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?

  • Comment by Karrie — August 17, 2012 @ 9:15 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Mary — August 21, 2012 @ 7:06 AM

    where do i find information about how she was to travel to pennsylvania with her son?

  • Comment by Thaleis — August 21, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    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 ?

  • Comment by Antoinette — September 9, 2012 @ 6:35 AM

    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.

  • Comment by violet — October 7, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Fufu — October 8, 2012 @ 5:15 PM

    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.

  • Comment by Chelsea — October 13, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

    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 😉

  • Comment by Lane — October 22, 2012 @ 3:01 PM

    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?

  • Comment by Linda — October 26, 2012 @ 5:16 AM

    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.

  • Comment by Joseph Woodard & Camryn Payton — November 3, 2012 @ 6:53 AM

    I LOVE MARIE ANTIONETTE!!!!!!!!! durrrr :))))

  • Comment by ilovebranson — January 15, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

    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…

  • Comment by Lily — January 23, 2013 @ 4:48 AM

    WOW really helpful for my history homework. Thanks Lily

  • Comment by Lily — January 23, 2013 @ 4:49 AM

    WOW really helpful for my history homework. I didn’t understand it before! Thanks, Lily

  • Comment by May — February 27, 2013 @ 3:53 AM

    One question has been on my mind since I became more interested in the story of Marie Antoinette, and that is, was there any question regarding the father of her youngest children? I wasn’t sure if it would have even been questioned back then or if they were proven to all be Louis’ children, because since she was having affairs there could have been some chance that she conceived one or more children with someone other than Louis. Although since the youngest 3 died before achieving adulthood and never had the opportunity to reign it probably makes no difference. I did, however, wonder if there were any recorded accounts on this subject. I’m guessing if it had actually been an issue, though, there would have been a huge scandal which would have added to the hatred of Marie Antoinette. At any rate, I only wanted to express my curiosity on the subject, whether relevant or not. I also wanted to add that I find it interesting that all of history is recorded facts and it amazes me that people will believe one story and choose not to believe another. What’s the difference? If you weren’t there to witness a story yourself and all you have is a collection of accounts from others who were actually there, how can you say one is true and one is untrue? I feel very sad for people who pick and choose stories to believe. They are all relevant to how we all derived and where we are today. You are only shorting yourself part of your true identity by cherry picking historical facts to believe. They all coincide and are part of one long story that we are all part of.

  • Comment by daniela smith — February 28, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

    this was very useful and i will actually be able to furfill the role i have to play when i become marie antoinette as a school project. i really dont want to get my head cut of though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Comment by Lilliana — March 29, 2013 @ 4:37 PM

    I am working on a Bio, so thanks for the info.

  • Comment by Cindy — April 10, 2013 @ 12:52 PM

    I really love her type of character, even though she selfcentered. Unfortunately for her, her life was full of misunderstandings and a trip to the guillotine.

  • Comment by Cindy — April 10, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

    I really love her type of character, even though she selfcentered. Unfortunately for her, her life was full of misunderstandings and a trip to the guillotine. Can’t say I’m jealous of her!

  • Comment by maria — April 14, 2013 @ 5:23 PM

    It is a very sad life she had! [Edited for relevance]

  • Comment by Kelli — April 30, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

    Actually, Marie Antoinette did not cause France’d debt for her extravagant fashions. She is actually quite famous for starting the fashion amongst her friends of wearing Muslin dresses, which, if you know much about Muslin, was used for making dolls in colonial times, and later, diapers. She also contributed great amounts of not money, but food to poor french families and even started a wonderful organization for pregnant, unmarried women in France at the time of the first reveloution. If it had stayed active, maybe Fantine wouldn’t have had to be a prostitute and the whole plot of Les Miserables wouldn’t have ever happened. However, many non-profit organizations started by the queen didn’t last through the first french revolution, much less the second.

  • Comment by karen janece — May 26, 2014 @ 1:53 AM

    Having been to the palace of versaille, and seeing the oppulent surroundings it is a world of it’s own, situated 1 hr from paris by train ,in the days of Marie and louis it would have taken hours by coach to get to paris, they lived an isolated life, in the richly controlled world of protocol and palace court politics, people trying to network and schmooze to elevate their own status and using any means posible, gossip,sex,backstabbing surrounding them, influencing them undermining them. the foundations were always shakey because they were based on classist divisions and the rich, especially in that time did’nt make a point of finding out what the poorer classes were up to and how life was like for them, they just accepted there lot in life and also men didnt inform women about finacial affairs especially politics, thats why after dinner they would retire to seperate rooms, the women would talk about feminine subjects such as opera, children,flowers,poetry and the men would smoke and talk of war and worldly interests, just the way things were in the dynamics between men and women of the past and men and women of nobility. I believe Marie was a pawn a woman/girl who was thrust onto the stage of history very much unprepared, leaving one insular palace to be ensconced into another world surrounded by cut throat people whom she soon worked out she could’nt trust, they wanted everything from her, she was to be a symbol of purity and uphold the French people, how could she ever do this when she was clearly a creative,sensitive,feeling person who i sense desired autonomy and freedom to express herself but because of her sex and position was denied the right to do so.I can feel the rebellion, her own rebellion against the strict palace protocol and stiff treatment of expectation by older Madames, aides and women welling up inside her and like all teenagers she broke free by wearing extravagant clothing and partying with champagne, her husband ignored her so she flirted, she was ripe and womanly after all and all she wanted was to have fun,to break the monotony of the strict regime. A crowd would watch her wake up, officals would come in and in order of rank dress her, crowds attended breakfast,lunch and dinner it was considered an honour to watch the royal family eat, so the people at versaille would compete against each other for the pecking order to allow them to go.The royals were like rock stars with their groupies.I’m sure if marie had known of the true state of affairs in Paris and with the French people she would have created a solution these facts were kept from her and having been conditioned to royal life,the thought of running out of money would never have crossed their minds.As she matured as a mother and endured many losses she gained wisdom, her heart ached for her true love axel von fursen, whom she could’nt be with.Imagine beening married to someone whom your bound to by duty, more like a brother but being seperated sometimes for many years from the one who actually loves you back instead of the fake status feulled affairs she attracted from others, i feel her sorrow and all consuming thought for him, she was a passionate lady and her thoughts were not on anything else around her they were only of him, she in my mind was a scapegoat and her whole life a symbol when actually she was robbed not just of her life and dignity even though she managed to create her own dignity in the end, she was robbed of her feminity used as a womb for the next dauphine of France which as it turned out did’nt matter anyway, but robbed of being able to be with her one true love Axel von fursen, I hope they were reunited in spirit because love never dies, truth always wins through even when your being maligned,tortued,sacrificed and slandered

  • Comment by Emilina — June 1, 2014 @ 9:02 PM

    We’re learning about Marie at school and she seems ok really and pretty decent. She never did much wrong. She was definitely wrongly accused and should have lived longer. I would have liked it if she had said let them eat cake! Imagine the looks on the 3rd estates’ faces! Oh well!

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