Marie Antoinette : The Journey
by Lady Antonia Fraser
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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“Drama, betrayal, religion and sex, everything is thereFascinating “TUTEUR” Beautifully rhythmic, impeccably writtena Do not miss “INDEPENDENT” Fraser is at his best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate’ SUNDAY TIMES’Superbly documentedthe definitive work on the unfortunate queen” CATHOLIC HERALD Marie-Antoinette dramatic life-history continues to arouse mixed emotionsFor many people, she is still the “wicked queen”, whose extravagance and frivolity participated in the collapse of the French monarchy; her popular indifference suffering symbolized by the (apocryphal) words: “let them eat the cake”.Others are just as passionate in her defense: for them, she is a victim of misogyny.Antonia Fraser examines her influence on the King, Louis XVI, the sexual accusations and insults made against her, her patronage of the French arts enriched cultural life, her imprisonment, the death threats made against her, the rumours of lesbian cases, her trial (during which her young son was forced to testify of sexual abuse by her mother) and her possible execution by the guillotine in 1793
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