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Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Complete

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  230 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Being the Historic Memoirs of Madam Campan, First Lady in Waiting to the Queen.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published January 1st 1910)
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P.J. Sullivan
Madame Campan was lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette for many years, almost to the end. As such, she had access to her private life, but not necessarily to her public life. In this book, she confines herself to the personal details within her province. Don't read this book for the bigger historical events. There are better sources for those. Read it for the inside views, the up-close and personal glimpses, into the lives of the queen and her family. Read it for its authenticity. It is a first-h ...more
Jen
I needed to take a full 10 steps back from this book to realize how much I truly enjoyed it. At first the page count (1056) on my nook truly dissuaded me--after all I'm trying to read 50 books here. However, the book must be written in a font you can read from space, as I could do one page on my nook and it would count as four in real life.

But back to the book.

JLH Campan was a court reader. This is actually exactly what it sounds like. She read aloud to the Queen, while Marie Antoinette knitted/
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Carole
Having initially learnt about the French Revolution in school in France, I was left with a sanguinary confused mish-mash of names and no real clear idea of what people were actually upset with the monarchs for other than existing...
Madame Campan's account provides an unexpected insight into the background of what started the revolution and reveals a lot of little details that generally get forgotten in history lessons. It is definitely interesting to see that the problems of the revolution stem
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Lauren
May 23, 2010 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in 18th cent. France, the courts of Louis XV, XVI or Marie Antoinette
Shelves: gossip-guide
Jeanne Louise Genet Campan was incredibly accomplished for her age; her noted talents landed her the appointment of reader to the royal princesses, a job which entailed just that, yet so much more! It led to a position serving the Queen of France directly, placing the young lady in the middle of the cliques, the gossip and even the politics at Versailles.

A Royalist through and through, Jeanne grew up among the Bourbons. She spent many years in the company of Marie Antoinette and her husband, and
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Louise Culmer
Madame Campan's eyewitness account of life in the service of Marie Antoinette makes fascinating reading. She is not entirely uncritical of her royal mistress, but mainly sympathetic towards her, and it is easy to see through her writings that in many respects marie Antoinette was maligned - she was not nearly as extravagent as she has often been accused of being for instance. Madame Campan wrote this memoir in the reign of Napoleon, so she had nothing particular to gain by portraying Marie Antoi ...more
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Pesanteee
Magari è colpa mia eh? E' colpa mia che non ho una conoscenza così dettagliata di tutti (e sottolineo tutti) i personaggi storici coinvolti negli anni che precedono la Rivoluzione Francese. O semplicemente non sono riuscita a farmi coinvolgere da un elenco lunghissimo fatto di nomi e piccoli episodi irrilevanti, mentre io avrei voluto che ci fosse almeno qualche minuscolo riferimento agli ultimi momenti di Maria Antonietta.
Nota all'editore: il titolo è totalmente fuorviante, ma mai quan
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Demiurghi
E se lo dice la nostra divina Bastet... c'è da crederle.
Qui il suo parere completo e ben spiegato su questa sua lettura: http://demiurghiracconti.blogspot.it/...
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In queste memorie viene descritta Maria Antonietta e la sua vita alla corte di Versailles da un punto di vista privilegiato…quello della sua prima cameriera, madame Campan…
Anche se titolo e immagine di copertina non sono dei migliori e spesso emerge la parzialita’ dell'autrice, il testo si presenta come una interessante fonte di informazioni e aneddoti!
Susie
Livre intéressant mais un peu difficile à lire su on ne connaît pas bien l'histoire de France, car Madame Campan parle de personnes et d'évènements en assumant que le lecteur les connaît.
Johan
Intéressant, parce qu'on voit une autre côté de la personalité de Marie-Antoinette en son époux. Surtout les passages sur les prisoniers du Temple sont hallucinants.
Lauren
In short: Excellent book, and a must read. Keep bias in mind, as they are memoirs! But you will certainly get lost in this one and the pages will turn quickly!
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