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5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Antoinette by Stephen Zweig
I do recommend this book by Stephen Zweig as a sensitive and well documented account of Marie Antoinette's life and death.

Being himself an historian and Austrian by birth he has a particular interest in analysing her feelings and often tragic decisions in the context of the strict etiquette of the court and the various episodes of the French revolution...
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3.0 out of 5 stars marie antoinette by stefan Zweig.
with such a fascinating historic character it would be difficlut to go wrong, not quite as well written as I would have thought, certainly not on the level of Massey's books on Peter the great and Catherine the great, books that are really wonderful, interesting and informatinve never the less. Would have liked to give it more stars but I don't think it really is in a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Antoinette by Stephen Zweig, 8 Oct 2011
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I do recommend this book by Stephen Zweig as a sensitive and well documented account of Marie Antoinette's life and death.

Being himself an historian and Austrian by birth he has a particular interest in analysing her feelings and often tragic decisions in the context of the strict etiquette of the court and the various episodes of the French revolution.

I wished S. Zweig's book could have inspired the script of the film "Marie Antoinette" instead of A. fraser's .We might have lost some glamour but would have gained more historical truth.

Beautifully translated from the German edition, you can read Stephen Zweig 's novel in French , English and probably other languages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad translation, 22 Feb 2013
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Whilst the book is very interesting, and most probably beautifully written in its original language, the translation feels like it has been done by someone who doesn't speak fluent English, and who has made excessive use of a Google Translate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical novel/fact, 9 April 2013
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Historical novel

but one would expect that from Stefan Zweig! I have read several other books written by him and was always enthralled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is an insightful reading, 24 May 2013
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I have always loved reading historical books and novels, and this one on a very misunderstood woman like the late Queen of France does not disappoint. True, I haven't finished it yet. However, what I have read so far, it gives an objective, sometimes harsh account on Marie Antoinette's personality and her inexcusable disregard of her subject's reality. Zweig does not spare sympathy, empathy or understanding at all. The lady's portrait lacks of romanticism or a pinkish images only provided on movies and that why the reading is so compelling and hard to put down. In the end I am starting to feel sorry for an adolescent who only served as a political bait into a marriage with tragic consequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victim or Culpable?, 23 April 2013
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I can't recommend this book enough to anyone interested in the background of Marie Antoinette. One can only feel sorry for her, being sent as a young girl to face an arranged marriage in a foreign country. She was ill-prepared for her role as a wife and heavily criticized by the French people, firstly as a foreigner and subsequently when she failed to produce a child for many years. She seemed to have good intentions, but her actions were often misconstrued. She was never completely accepted by the French people. Whatever your views of the royal family, It does seem as though they were swept along by the traditions already established at court and their ultimate downfall was inextricably tied in with the rising tide of discontent amongst the populace of France.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb biography, 26 Mar 2013
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Anyone who is interested in history, and in particular the time of the French Revolution, will enjoy reading Stefan Zweig's biography of Marie Antoinette. I have always considered her to be a lightweight, ineffectual character, cocooned in a life of luxury and extravagance at Versailles with no interest in affairs of state or the growing hostility of an impoverished French nation, but this well-researched book delves deep into the personality of Marie Antoinette. Whilst a lot of what most of us know about her is true, the author explores aspects of her early upbringing and arrival in France which confirm that she was a victim of circumstance who never realised her potential as a monarch until it was too late. Quite simply, she was born in the wrong place at the wrong time. Towards the end of her life, I felt an increasing sympathy towards her, and by the end of the book she had finally redeemed herself in my eyes, showing great guts,determination, and strength of character. She went to her death a brave and proud queen. A fantastic book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars marie antoinette by stefan Zweig., 7 May 2013
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with such a fascinating historic character it would be difficlut to go wrong, not quite as well written as I would have thought, certainly not on the level of Massey's books on Peter the great and Catherine the great, books that are really wonderful, interesting and informatinve never the less. Would have liked to give it more stars but I don't think it really is in a higher category as an historic biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical delight, 31 July 2013
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Had read Duchess of Devonshire which touched on MA and the French so sourced this book to fill the hostorical gaps.
It is incredibly engrossing and I really enjoyed it as it is incredibly well researched and put together. Thankfully I read it on Kindle as I needed the dictionary on more occasions than I probably should admit to !
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4.0 out of 5 stars marie antoinette, 17 July 2013
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this was a really good book
sad in places but never the less a really good read
history lovers will enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 July 2013
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Brilliant book. Straight to the point, no frills, just true history. A perfect book for rainy days and a coffee! Made this part of history extremely interesting.
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