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
The author strays so far from historical accuracy that I'm left to wonder... why write this book about "Mar ...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
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.
I've rea ...more
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
This book was probably one of the worst I've ever read.
The most frustrating thing was that it has very poor historical accuracy of the actual facts that did happen 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 teen ...more
I knew after the first four pages that this book had great potential to be rated five stars. Seventy pages in, I still felt it was a five star book. Halfway through, I started to get a wee bit bored which brought my rating down to a 3. The part where she visits Sweden was unnecessary. I was afraid of how the rest of the book was going to be written . . . thinking it might be boring or too spread out. The pace actually quickened 100 pages from the end of the book, onward. All the gruesome, ...more
However, I think books like these have an opportunity to take on their own interpretation of history (that's all history is for the most part anyway) and in t ...more
Partiamo subito con il dire che sono una grande appassionata di storia (avendo conseguita un laurea in Beni Culturali è il minimo comunque, ma vi posso assicurare che non è scontato. No non lo è per niente!!), perciò sono stata attirata immediatamente dal libro, essendo un romanzo stor ...more