219 comments


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

    January 28, 2010
  • I cried reading her biography…this is really sad..it’s so sad….especially her children…so so sad……

    January 31, 2010
  • One of her children, Marie Therese, did survive to adulthood. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_Charlotte_de_France for details.

    February 08, 2010
  • insidenowout

    Michaela

    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.

    February 15, 2010
  • I have never really liked Marie Antoinette. She did say, “Let them eat cake!” because she was so clueless about the depression.

    February 17, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    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.

    February 17, 2010
  • 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!

    March 01, 2010
  • 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!!

    March 05, 2010
  • this is the best website for marie antoinette i looked at all of them but this is the best

    March 08, 2010
  • daughterofathena3 – I have multiple interests: Reading, Writing Stories, Slepping, Imagining Weird Things In My Head, and Obsessing over multiple things! In my blog you'll find many things: My questions for the world, my stories that I may or may not ever complete, and well, that's probably it! That's all you need to know about me!

    Lilmagpie

    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! 🙂

    March 19, 2010
  • gonzalezblog – I am a SAH mom to 4 beautiful, energetic, creative, intelligent, and loving children. I am so incredibly blessed to be at home with them, take care of them, and teach them, and I pray that God will grow them into Godly men and women for His glory.

    Sunny

    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}

    April 08, 2010
  • maddy57

    Madeleine

    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. =)

    April 08, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    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.

    April 08, 2010
  • 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.

    April 12, 2010
  • daughterofathena3 – I have multiple interests: Reading, Writing Stories, Slepping, Imagining Weird Things In My Head, and Obsessing over multiple things! In my blog you'll find many things: My questions for the world, my stories that I may or may not ever complete, and well, that's probably it! That's all you need to know about me!

    lilmagpie

    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!! 🙂

    April 14, 2010
  • 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.

    April 16, 2010
  • Oh, I forgot to mention I am only in the fifth grade.

    April 16, 2010
  • 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.

    April 22, 2010
  • I’m sorry to say there are several inaccuracies in this biography, and it is immensely over-glamourized.

    May 01, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    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 …

    May 01, 2010
  • 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.

    May 05, 2010
  • Opps I almost forgot to ask…what ever happened to Marie antoinette’s daughter?

    May 05, 2010
  • as the saying goes money doesn’t buy happiness!!

    May 10, 2010
  • xxlamexx – I LOVE to draw.

    xxlamexx

    Who was the one that wrote this article?

    June 02, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    The author is anonymous.

    June 02, 2010
  • I heard that Marie really didn’t die by beheading but by catching influenza during her time in prison?

    June 16, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    No that’s not true Brittany.

    June 16, 2010
  • Hi,

    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.

    July 08, 2010
  • scarletteohara

    victoria

    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,

    July 10, 2010
  • scarletteohara

    victoria

    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.

    July 10, 2010
  • this is a sad story

    July 15, 2010
  • Deb

    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.

    July 15, 2010
  • 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!

    July 16, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    Yes there was a movie – The Affair of the Necklace (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242252/). Hilary Swank played Jeanne de La Motte, and Joley Richardson was Antoinette.

    July 16, 2010
  • 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 fate.im 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.. 😛
    -Court

    July 23, 2010
  • 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.

    July 27, 2010
  • 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.

    July 28, 2010
  • 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.

    August 02, 2010
  • JJ

    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.”

    August 14, 2010
  • What happened to her daughter? I don’t find much about her above. Thanks.

    August 16, 2010
  • 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?
    love
    Sophia Pepper
    P.S.Send your reply to svpepper@gmail.com.

    August 17, 2010
  • really beautiful
    wndrfully written
    hats off

    August 17, 2010
  • 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?

    August 19, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    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.

    August 19, 2010
  • 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?

    August 24, 2010
  • i recently did a family tree and found out that my family was related to king louis… Its pretty cool!

    October 04, 2010
  • 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.

    October 25, 2010
  • myrrhine

    Clare

    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.

    October 25, 2010
  • 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.

    October 28, 2010
  • 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.

    October 30, 2010

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