Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinet
Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.
Carolly Erickson take...more
I did expect, however, a historically accurate, well-written, interesting book with characters I could relate to and like.
I did not get any of this.
Instead, what I got was a mediocre novel full of characters who were ill-explained and given clumsy personalities. And the historical accuracy...God help us.
Carolly Erickson is a historian. She h...more
The author strays so far from historical accuracy that I'm left to wonder... why write this book about "Mar...more
Secondly, the story is based on the assumption that Marie Antoinette's had written a diary telling her whole life, from her youth in Austria until her execution by the guillotine.
Since the true story of this historical character is being very well described in the literature, this book doesn't bring any new fact among the already known destiny of Marie Antoinette, her husband, Louis XVI and their children.
Love, love, loved it!!! I haven't read anything on Marie Antoinette, only watched movies really.... so I found this very interesting. I gobbled it up in 2 days; I would have read it even quicker had I not had a busy schedule! If you are a historical fiction buff, you'll probably like it. Vaguely reminds me of Phillipa Gregory's writing, only no where near as sexual.
Side note: I can't help but picture marie as Kirstin Dunst (sp) from the movie Marie Antionette.... personality and looks...more
The most frustrating thing was that it has very poor historical accuracy of the actual facts that did happen (and have been proved ) and to me, this was beyond annoying and it made me want to drop the book right there and then, but I have a policy that whenever I start a book I must finish it.
The story was not entertaining, it seemed as if a modern aged teenager was writing the whole diary- even when Marie Antoinette was an adult about to d...more