219 comments


  • 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!

    October 30, 2010
  • Emma

    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.

    October 31, 2010
  • sara

    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.

    November 09, 2010
  • lemercier duquesnay

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

    November 23, 2010
  • 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.

    November 28, 2010
  • 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!

    November 28, 2010
  • Jordan

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

    November 29, 2010
  • wilbe

    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!

    December 05, 2010
  • Pugwash81

    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.

    December 06, 2010
  • Pugwash81

    @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.

    December 06, 2010
  • Madeline Young

    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.

    December 13, 2010
  • 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. 🙁

    December 17, 2010
  • bethie.x

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

    January 02, 2011
  • B.M

    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.

    January 02, 2011
  • i love this site it has the best info EVER!!!!!!

    January 05, 2011
  • Hersey Namie

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

    January 09, 2011
  • Bree

    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”

    February 11, 2011
  • Shame on the French

    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.

    February 15, 2011
  • Antoinette

    my name is antoinette.

    February 17, 2011
  • Shannon

    @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.

    February 28, 2011
  • Caitlin

    well i was watching a movie about marie antoinette and i learned alot about after i watched the movie i goggled her and i didnt even know today was the annv of her death so she was very beautiful woman she had alot of cute clothes n jewelry she had a good since of fashion and. THEY TOOK HER CHILDREN FROM HER N STRAVED HER SHE LOST HER EYE SIGHT N CHOPPED HER HEAD OFF FOR THE PEOPLE TO SEE I FEEL THATS NOT JUST RIGHT AT ALL THEY JUS DID HER VERY WRONG I LOVE THIS WEBSITE IT GIVES THE BEST INFO EVER I LOVE IT I JUS WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARIE ANTOINETTE I HAVE JUS BEEN INPISERED I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THE FRENCH REV WOULD TREAT HER SO CRUEL AND MEAN NOT RIGHT AND TORE HER ROOM UP AND EVERYTHING IMPRISONED HER,HUSBAND ,HER LOVELY CHILDREN

    March 10, 2011
  • alexa

    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.

    March 24, 2011
  • alexa

    hope history won’t repeat it self!

    March 24, 2011
  • 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.

    March 24, 2011
  • michelle

    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?

    March 31, 2011
  • joanne

    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
    her.

    April 05, 2011
  • Aimee

    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.

    April 20, 2011
  • nikke

    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

    April 27, 2011
  • sam

    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.

    May 01, 2011
  • Olav O

    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

    May 02, 2011
  • Allison

    When was this last updated?

    May 08, 2011
  • Erin

    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!! 🙂

    May 10, 2011
  • 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!

    June 07, 2011
  • Kate

    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

    June 08, 2011
  • 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?

    July 02, 2011
  • Nat

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

    July 08, 2011
  • Margaret

    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?

    July 27, 2011
  • I think she was caught in the web of her time and had a tragic life. I feel for her.

    July 29, 2011
  • Judy Laaper

    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.

    August 27, 2011
  • Hope

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

    September 21, 2011
  • she has the same middle name as me my real mom says we were related

    September 29, 2011
  • eliza

    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?

    October 04, 2011
  • 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.

    October 05, 2011
  • Amy Tinlin

    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.

    October 10, 2011
  • eliza

    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.

    October 12, 2011
  • 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.

    October 13, 2011
  • Shannon

    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.

    October 16, 2011
  • eliza

    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.

    October 17, 2011
  • 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!

    October 17, 2011
  • eliza

    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.

    October 18, 2011

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