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The Princess in the Tower (Beneath the Crown #2)

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The first book in a new series that picks up where the Royal Diaries left off! Previously published as The Dark Tower, this riveting novel is written as the diary of Princess Marie Thérèse Charlotte of France, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who was imprisoned during the French Revolution. One by one her parents and her brother were taken from her - Louis and M ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 2005 by Scholastic Canada (first published 1998)
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kingshearte
May 13, 2010 kingshearte rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, kids, fiction
For reasons I'm not sure I can explain, I find myself somewhat fascinated by the French Revolution. Maybe it's the interesting contrast between a conflict that makes sense, but still has a lot of grey areas in terms of who's in the right. Many conflicts have grey areas, it's true, but they're frequently based on religion or similar, so the reasons for the intense hatred and killing don't make a lot of sense to me. Then there are conflicts that make sense, because people are being deliberately an ...more
Simon
May 08, 2016 Simon rated it really liked it
I am not the target audience for the book, so bear that in mind if you read this review.

Marie Therese was a pill (with good reason, don't get me wrong) throughout her life, and Stewart does not hesitate to depict the girl as such, which makes her ultimate overtures of friendship to Pauline de Tourzel that much the more moving when they finally happen. Marie Antoinette is depicted as a remote parent, and while there is no documentary evidence that Therese was jealous of her younger brother, Stew
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David
Dec 21, 2015 David rated it liked it
One hesitates to give any child a book about the French Revolution, simply because the horrors that it perpetuated are possibly too much for a child to understand in the context of everything else that the Revolution represents. This novel, however, is based on the experience of one historical person whom we know existed and must have gone through something quite similar to what the narrative describes. As it is intended for children, there is nothing stylistically here that will impress an adul ...more
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Danielle
Feb 18, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was in grade 8, I found it at the library and just thought it looked interesting. I have read it many times since then and every time I read it, I still can't put the book down, even though I know what's going to happen next. This is the fictional diary of Marie Therese Charlotte de France (daughter of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI) throughout the events of the French Revolution. To this day, I haven't found another book that focuses on her story, most people ...more
Anna  Gibson
The Princess in the Tower is the fictional memoir of Marie Therese Charlotte, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. It begins in the late 1780s as the French Revolution stirs around Marie Therese and her younger brother, though they are relatively unaware of what is really going on outside the protected walls around them. As the royal family is taken to Paris and slowly stripped of everything they had ever known, eventually being imprisoned in Temple, she endures humiliated, separation ...more
Rebecca
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
As a Princess of France, Marie Therese Charlotte, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, had a luxurious childhood. But life for Mousseline, as she is called by her family, changes drastically beginning in 1789. There is a growing discontent in France, and soon a new order emerges, one that has no room for the royal family. Mousseline must endure tragedy as she is imprisoned in a tower, where she is separated from her parents and siblings, and must struggle to remain strong as she endur ...more
Rebecca
Apr 05, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Princess of France, Marie Therese Charlotte, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, had a luxurious childhood. But life for Mousseline, as she is called by her family, changes drastically beginning in 1789. There is a growing discontent in France, and soon a new order emerges, one that has no room for the royal family. Mousseline must endure tragedy as she is imprisoned in a tower, where she is separated from her parents and siblings, and must struggle to remain strong as she endur ...more
Emily Sepa
Jun 18, 2016 Emily Sepa rated it really liked it
I love historical fictions, but everyone always dies. It's amazing, but quite depressing really.
Danielle
Feb 17, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Truly an amazing book, I have read it many times both in this edition as well as it's original form as "The Dark Tower". I wont lie, the only reason I own this edition as well is because when I wanted to purchase The Dark Tower, it was only available in this format. I'm not a huge fan of the cover art, but the story inside hadn't changed so I couldn't be happier. Hearing the story of the French Revolution from Marie Therese's point of view gives a whole new level to what I had previously learned ...more
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I liked it, and it's NOT just because I'm in love with historical fiction. It was really real and taught me about the French revolution from a different perspective. We're used to thinking that the queen is bad and the riots are good, but this book makes it different!
Jane Obreshkova
Sep 09, 2013 Jane Obreshkova rated it really liked it
When I was younger I just loved it. Every sommer I used to go to the library and read it. That book is the reason of my interest and knowledge about the French revolution... Well, now I don't think it is so fascinating like before, but I still like it...
Kaamla
Jan 21, 2013 Kaamla rated it it was amazing


Omg!!! This is like my most favorite book ever!! I love reading about the French Revolution and this book almost made me cry. At first it seems boring but keep reading it and it gets better and better
Erin
Mar 31, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites from when I was younger. Fourteen years later and it still ranks as one of the best. A gripping, sad and just plain interesting story that really brings the past to life.
Bry Jensen
Nov 23, 2013 Bry Jensen rated it it was amazing
One of the first historical fiction books I ever read back in early elementary school, and one of the books that inspired my life long passion for history...
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