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Subject: Looking for memoir: Marie Antoinette
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 5:04 PM ET
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I'm trying to find bios/memoirs on this Austrian Princess. Any deals would be greatly appreciated!



Date Posted: 6/23/2008 1:46 PM ET
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How about the "Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette"?  Obviously it's fiction, but I enjoyed it.  I think I have it at home, but haven't posted yet.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:50 PM ET
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Hi Ginger,

'To The Scaffold' by Carolly Erickson is an excellent biography.

'Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen Of France' by Evelyne Lever (author), Catherine Temerson (translator) is another one.

On the fictional front I would highly recommend 'Flaunting Extravagent Queen' by Jean Plaidy if you can get it....scour the used bookshops for this one, I don't think it's been printed in a while. The copy I have is 51 years old!

I found a couple other books about her, but I've never read them so I don't know if they are good or not, but I'll list them for you anyway:

'Marie'Antoinette' by Stefan Zweig 

'A friend of Marie Antoinette' by Frederic Barbey

Good luck searching!


Subject: Marie Antoinette
Date Posted: 6/29/2008 12:55 PM ET
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The latest one I read was Queen of
Fashion, What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.  I enjoyed it a great deal.  Also, Abundance, which is long, and had mixed reviews, but I really liked it because it set up the background so vividly.  She's a fascinating character!  Enjoy reading about her.  Maija

Date Posted: 7/4/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Ginger, come and visit in the Historical Fiction forums. You'll find lots of good conversation about MA.

Flaunting, Extravagent Queen was good but I enjoyed The Queen's Confession more. Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt wrote both.

I've read all the books Pennie mentioned except the one by Barbey. To The Scaffold was excellent.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 9:04 AM ET
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Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette was great.  She also wrote one called Love & Louis XIV that was great.  Fraser excels at making history fascinating and entertaining as well as informative.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 4:47 PM ET
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I second (or third!) the Antonia Fraser recommendations. She's a great historian - she writes clearly and keeps you interested, you don't get bogged down in details. What she is is a great story-teller, and MA's was a great story!