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Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France [Paperback]

Evelyne Lever
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23 Feb 2006
In Marie Antoinette leading French historian Evelyne Lever tells the compelling story of the last, and most infamous Queen of France. She draws on little explored sources including Austrian and Swedish archives and the correspondence of foreign ambassadors to Paris to paint vivid portraits of the Queen, her inner circle and the lavish court life at Versailles, as well as the tragic events leading to her death. Describes the queen's life in detail, from her birth in Vienna, through her turbulent, unhappy marriage, the intrigues of life at court, to the final bloody turmoil of the French Revolution and her beheading. Describes Marie Antoinette's relationship with the Swedish Count Axel Fersen, the grand passion of her life. Describes the seething social and political climate of prerevolutionary France and the degree to which the Queen remained wilfully out of touch with the nation's economic troubles. Based on little known diaries, letters, court documents and memoirs. Hailed by the critics as 'evocative', 'lively and informed' and 'erudite'

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Portrait; New edition edition (23 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749950846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749950842
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evelyne Lever is a leading French historian She is the author of seven books including Madame de Pompadour, Philippe Egalite, Louis XVIII and Louis XVI She lives in Paris

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Vienna, November 2, 1755. Her windows wide open, as was her habit, regardless of the rigors of the season, the Empress Maria Theresa worked without respite. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate book - a must-read! 5 Jan 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Lever does not make mass assumptions like some historical biographers and although perhaps not suited to the serious historian, this book is pitched just right for everyone interested in Marie Antoinette and the period in which she lived. Lever's style of writing is first rate, not too complex and not Janet and John either. I wholly recommend this book and I am about to order Ms Lever's other books based on the pleasure I got from reading this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to know Marie Antoinette 19 Dec 2007
This book is a good read. Ms Lever shows Marie Antoinette for who she was. A very young bride who was homesick and bored at Versailles. To becoming a young woman, a fashion victim, who liked to have fun. The author transforms the myth of Marie Antoinette into a real person. I think that afterall even in today's life a girl her age would react in the same manner if she would find herself in the same circumstances. This biography was one of the very few that I enjoyed reading. It is certainly not a dragging book. I could not stop reading it. I also think that it was very well researched.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 3 Dec 2010
This book is fantastic - I couldn't put it down

It gives a fascinating insite into the life of Marie Antoinette and is very well written to keep the readers interest throughout.
It has footnotes to give references or extra explanation and has plates with photos.

A fantastic book - I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 31 Oct 2013
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being a "fan" of marie antoinette this book is very insightful into the life from a historians view, using only records and diary entries to compile the book. its an interesting read for anyone interested in this lady, her trials and tribulations and the era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 15 Feb 2010
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Easy to read but more important, enjoyable. Full of historical details that give a real insight into the period of her life and the difficulties she had to contend with.
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