She is the queen who danced while the people starved; who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjectsâ€ plight. Such is the distorted but widespread view of Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793), wife of King Louis XVI. The recent Coppola film has further damaged the image of the much-maligned, beautiful and charming Austrian archduchess, sent to France at age fourteen to marry the fifteen-year-old Dauphin. Sadly, the picture many people now have of Marie-Antoinette is of her running through Versailles with a glass of champagne in her hand, eating bonbons all day long, and rolling in the bushes with a lover.
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Official website of this former royal residence. See biographies of the famous figures who have lived and worked at Versailles, take a virtual tour of the palace and take a look at some fabulous works of art.