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The Fatal Friendship: Marie Antoinette, Count Fersen and the Flight to Varennes

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“The hallmark of his writing, in this as in his previous book on Paris during the Terror, is fairness. He never stretches a fact to suit a thesis. He never chooses among conflicting interpretations the one that will best advance his narrative… These qualities of measure and restraint contribute to the persuasiveness of his account.” Sanche de Gramont, New York Times, April ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published 1972 by Davis-Poynter Ltd
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Karen Hogan
Mar 14, 2012 Karen Hogan rated it liked it
The author looked at the relationship (possible affair) between Marie Antoinette and the Swedish Diplomat, Axel Fersen. I didnt find the book that compelling, but it was enlightening about the chain of events which led up to the execution of King Louis XVI and his wife.
P.J. Sullivan
Aug 31, 2012 P.J. Sullivan rated it really liked it
Good read. Nonfiction. With lots of suspense and a hint of illicit romance.
Pearl
Mar 06, 2008 Pearl rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
My second Book on MA ;P this time with more of Count Fersen throwen in, I though this book was going to be about the so called 'affair' they had, but it was about (well, what the name of the book is...) 'the fatal friendship' indeed it was fatal in the end. The author lets the reader decided if they did have an affair or not, personally, I'm still not sure since there is no in fact 'proof' of the whole incident. But affair or not it was still a really good read and its a MUST for history fans.
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Jan 16, 2016 Ralitsa Mitova rated it it was amazing
"In politics as in all phases of man's social exsistence there have always been problems to which there are no solutions. And there have been periods in man's history when the control of his destiny seems to have been torn from his hands by forces that are more powerful than reason, intelligence, of expediency. The French Revolution was one of these periods." Stunning book! :)
Dave
Feb 09, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
This was ok - he duplicates his wonderful style from his work on the Terror, but this book lacks something of the grandeur and insight of that excellent book.
Leslie
Interesting read. I walked away with a different view on the Fersen/ Antoinette relationship than I had at the beginning. I really enjoyed his personal accounts in particular.
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Stanley Loomis was the author of four books on French history: Du Barry (1959), Paris in the Terror (1964), A Crime of Passion (1967), and The Fatal Friendship (1972). Paris in the Terror was named one of the “books of the century” by the University of California, Berkeley.
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