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Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles; Austria-France, 1769 (Royal Diaries) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; First Printing edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439076668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439076661
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 14 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, was, there's no other way to say it: Excellent. It was absoulutly brilliant and I loved every minute of it. If you do read it I think you will enjoy it as it is great for all ages. especially children in year 8 (Year before boys start secondary school) as they have just done the French Revolution and therefor know lots about Marie Antoinette but this book shows her from a completely different point of view, Not just as the wife of an evil king. But as a real person.
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This book was very interesting as it told me so much about life at the Austrian and French Court, and also Marie Antoinette, making you understand how she felt at certain times such as having to leave Austria at just 14! Marie Antoinette: Princess of versailles was an excellent read and I highly reccomend it to anyone from 9 to 13. by Alexandra ingrey, age 11.
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I have always enjoyed history and when I saw this book in a school magazine I bought it at once. I had already read the Elizabeth Tudor one and i thought that was good. I really think that anybody having trouble with history should buy this book. I read it non stop from start to finish and closed the book at the end of the same day I opened it. This is an enjoyable history lesson for all ages.
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this book potrtays, marie antoinettes childhood, slightly before she goes off to marry the dauphin of france and slightly after that.
In my view this was a very good book, at first I thought marie a little bit vain, but as the story went own, I forgot that notion.
so on my scales this cook is five stars.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Royal Diary 16 Mar. 2000
By Julia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. She was married at 13! My favorite part tells about Marie Antoinette in France and she thinks the French etiquette is sometimes too much. I agree. She teaches her husband lots of Austrian things he has never heard of. Overall this book deserves the best rating. I recommend this book for book worms and girls ages 10-14.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Dauphine of France 27 Jun. 2001
By Athena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles" is a wonderful edition of the Royal Diary Series. Kathryn Lasky went all out on research and detail.
Born Maria Antonia, Marie Antoniette was the daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa of Habsburg. This book recalls her years before and during the early parts of her marriage with the Dauphin, Louis Auguste (soon to be Louis XVI). She loses many friends on her journey to become the future Queen of France, not knowing she would be the last.
This time in her life, depicts Antonia's (affectionately named by her mother and austrian friends) childhood in a naive carefree way such as it is with many young rich royals. The fussing of her marriage to Louis Auguste. The politics and the resentment given to Madame Du Barry, mistress of Louise Auguste's grandfather, King Louis XV. Lasky tells all, the culture, the fashion, the politics, and the ridiculous etiquette of the court at Versailles.
Marie Antoniette could have been a spoiled child as many thought but she was all too naive about the realistic world. She could have very well turned into that rueful Queen because of the arstictocrats and hypocrites at Versailles. Even though the story has 'happy' beginning, Toinette (affectionately named by Louis Auguste) will lead a tragic life to uprise the revolution of France and to end the French Moncarchy.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at Marie Antoinette as a vulnerable young girl. 25 July 2000
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The year is 1769; the place, Austria. The pressure is on thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia, youngest daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa, to excell so that she will be chosen to marry the future king of France. Antonia, as she is called, must learn French language, fashions, customs, and etiquette so that she can impress the king's messengers. She is given no time to act her age; when she does attempt to enjoy life as a girl should, she is severely punished. When she is sent away to France, her life is little better - she makes enemies of the mistress of the current king, who is the grandfather of her husband-to-be. She is forced to observe customs she can barely keep straight. And she is having a hard time getting along with her fiance. I viewed Marie Antoinette differently after reading this book. It was obvious from the book and the afterword that Marie and her husband were not trained well by their parents and teachers on how to become good rulers, and Marie had been taught from the time she was young that the most important thing was to look good. This is most likely why they became such bad rulers and ended up losing their lives.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction 12 April 2000
By Anna Comnena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is the "diary" of Marie Antoinette, from the time she is 13, known as Antonia, and only archduchess of the Holy Roman Empire. At the end of the book, she is fifteen, dauphine of France, and wife of the future Louis XVI, who comes complete with a bad complexion. At first she hates the French court, and all the fake people, especially Madame du Berry, a former prostitute and now the King (Louis XV)'s mistress. This book was good, and gave me a good impression of Marie Antoinette. She was a bad ruler for the times, especially because she seemed to have no sense of the common Frenchman's plight. A good read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Antionette, Inside a Pressured Child 16 Aug. 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I personally thought this book shows how much pressure girls and boys go through when they're heir to the throne. Marie Antionette, orginally named Maria Antonia in Versellies but had to change it to fit France's expectatatons, loved being a child. Riding horses without having to sit side-saddle, splashing in mud, and wading in the fountain was always something to look forward to for her. But then she is to be wed she can no longer be seen as a child. With help from her sister Elizabeth, she is able to overcome the tough things that crossed her path on changing from a little girl to a young lady. Marie Antionette had to deal with sad deaths in the family, and a close friend, and finding out who she really was deep inside. When she makes her way to France, and then finally meets the Dauphine, her fiance, she is greatly disappointed. But then she realizes it's inside that makes you really love someone. Marie Antionette is a book I will gladly read again.
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