7th out of 20 books — 18 voters
The Fatal Friendship: Marie Antoinette, Count Fersen and the Flight to Varennes
“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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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.
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.
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.More about Stanley Loomis...