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Subject: Marie Antoinette?
Date Posted: 3/23/2010 9:26 PM ET
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Can someone recommend historical fiction about Marie Antoinette?

Date Posted: 3/23/2010 9:43 PM ET
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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson was good.  There's also Abundance by Saa Jeter Naslund, but I haven't read it.  I'm interested to see what turns up in this post.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 8:07 AM ET
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I'm interested as well. Does anyone have comments on Victoria Holt's The Queen's Confession and/or Fraser's Marie Antoinette?

(Edited to add missing apostrophe.)



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Subject: Antonia Fraser
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 10:04 AM ET
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Fraser's Marie Antoinette is excellent - it is historical fiction but very historically correct.   Loved it - read it after a trip to Versailles so it really came to life for me

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 10:45 AM ET
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Flaunting Extravagent Queen and Queen of Diamonds by Jean Plaidy are also MA.  Haven't read either yet but I've read a lot of Plaidy and like most of what she's written.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:18 PM ET
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Antonia Frasiers's Marie Antoinette is not fiction, it is a biography MarieAntoinette: The Journey. If you're looking for non-fiction there are several bio's out there.  Marie Antoinette bio's



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Date Posted: 3/24/2010 2:09 PM ET
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Versailles by Kathryn Davis - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780316737616-Versailles

Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas - http://http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780753820179-Farewell+My+Queen

Asylum for the Queen by Mildred Jordan - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/35126-Asylum+for+the+Queen

Love and Terror by Alan Jolis - http://http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780871137159-Love+and+Terror

These are more about the French Revolution than specifically about M.S., but I enjoyed them:

The Gods are Thirsty by Tanith Lee - This one has some purplish prose and some bad reviews, but I ended up really liking it. Since Lee normally writes fantasy, I think some of the bad reviews were from people who bought a "Tanith Lee" book and expected a novel like the others she has written, but were disappointed. Probably not for everyone though.

A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel

The Fallen Angels by Susannah Kells



Last Edited on: 3/24/10 2:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 8:01 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions.  I think I will put the biography by Fraser on my audio wish list at the library.  I'm making a list of the others as well.  I know very little about French history, but recently became interested in Marie Antoinette when I discovered that she and I share a birthday.  Well, not the year of course..........  :)