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The Queen's Confession

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,554 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
The unforgettable story of Marie Antoinette, from her pampered childhood in imperial Vienna, to the luxury and splendor of her days as Queen of France, to her tragic end upon the scaffold in the bloodbath of the Revolution . . .
Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 0232012733
Published 1969 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1968)
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Kavita Ramesh
Apr 07, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These fictionalized accounts of the lives of famous historical figures is a good way to bone up on your general knowledge without falling asleep over the usual dry facts as presented in textbooks. I wish there were more such books. (If you are reading this and know of any, please do mention the book/author name in the comments section. Thanks.)
Tracy Lee
Jul 26, 2010 Tracy Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another sixth grade memory. Really got me in to European history and the truth (as truthful as we actually receive history) of it all. The fact that it is written in first person really made it real for me, at 12...

This book also reminds me of our librarian at school. She recommended this book to me and I remember telling her it was a bit too much. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Darling, you read it one word at a time. Look up the words you don't know. And keep reading." She was g
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Kirstie
Nov 14, 2012 Kirstie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I only knew a very little about Marie Antoinette before, so this was a very interesting book for me. I really enjoyed that it was written as an autobiography because it made the story so exciting! Also, the historical truth through the memoirs and letters made it seem very real as I read. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a work of fiction based on true facts! This truly felt like Marie writing her story and I don't know if I can think of her being any different now. I could not pu ...more
Elisa
Mar 14, 2016 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-1980s
I read this book when I was very young and it was a catalyst! First of all, my love of reading I attribute to Victoria Holt! Reading was not easy for me as a child, but her novels grabbed me into the reading world forever. First her romance novels and then her historical fiction novels (also under the Jean Plaidy pen name) brought history to life. I read anything I could get my hands on from her, and this was before the Internet! A great way to learn if you are traveling!
Sirpa Grierson
As a child I remember my sister loving Jean Plaidy and historical fiction. Well, Victoria Holt, is another pen name for the same author. I love history and do enjoy this genre, as long as it is well written. Holt has done fastidious homework and while much of the intimate detail is fictionalized, Marie Antoinette and the circumstances of the French Revolution are drawn in great detail, from the historical events down to fantastic three-foot high hairstyles and her love of beautiful gowns to the ...more
Karla
In high school I loved all of the Holt/Plaidy Queen "confessionals", and this was one of my favorites. Like any good book about Marie Antoinette, you want to choke her silly little neck.
Scott
May 18, 2011 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Queen's Confession illuminated the naivete of the young queen Marie Antoinette, and the corrupt, decadent French court where she was placed after her marriage. Marie Antoinette was often seduced by luxurious living and material things, even as she struggled against these temptations. The book shows Marie Antoinette as adolescent and sophomoric, and maybe that is the most accurate portrayal of her youthful character. Both Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI were too immature to underst ...more
Robin
Jun 25, 2010 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a tween in a Reader's Digest condensed book. Marie Antoinette's fictional autobiography of her childhood in Vienna, marriage to the French Dauphin, ascension to the throne as Queen of France, and the revolution which dissolved the monarchy. Story ends as she is imprisoned and waiting for her execution. When I checked I couldn't believe it was written in 1968 - writing is just as clean and clear as if it had been written today during the explosion in the historical fiction genre.
Ariel McCollums
Jun 29, 2015 Ariel McCollums rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The Queen's Confession is not like the rest of Victoria Holt's work, I think this title would be better published under her other pen name, Jean Plaidy. I've had my hands on this copy for a long time and I sort of avoided reading it because I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I do love historical fiction, so I was curious as to how Holt would spin Marie Antoinette's story. Confession is written as a first person account autobiography by the Queen herself, as she looks back on her life before ...more
Jodi
Sep 25, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I really enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised to find that Victoria Holt can write a good historical fiction novel. Usually she sticks in the historical romance! I have only read one other book about Marie Antoniette and reading about the expensive necklace scandel, picking up an orphan to raise, her struggle to consumate her marriage, her expections to get dressed in front of all of her ladies matched in both books. Of course, I am not a researcher who has studied a lot on this subjec ...more
KarenH
May 21, 2015 KarenH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Most of what I know about history I read in a book and none of it from school. Some are straight forward factual tomes; others, such as The Queen’s Confession, reveal the details through fictional tales.
I read this some years ago and was engrossed. When I finally travelled to France and visited Versailles I made a point of heading down to the Petit Trianon and Queen’s Hamlet. Memories of the Victoria Holt’s novel came flooding back.
Nathalie Nelson
Sep 17, 2009 Nathalie Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the reasons I liked the book so much is because it told a lot more than I ever knew about Yolande de Polastron, the Countess of Jules de Polignac. I am interested in her because she is an ancestress of mine. I had not realized how badly her friendship with Marie Antoinette was distorted by the common people of France.
Melanie Woodcock
Jul 12, 2011 Melanie Woodcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good. I did like Abundance better though. I did not appreciate Holt's idea of making Fersen and Marie lovers as there is no real proof of that, and I would have like much more dialog on Madame Royale. but as it was I really enjoyed it. I had a hard time putting it down actually.
Rhonda
Jul 07, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, favorites
An enthralling story of Marie Antoinette, from her birth to death. Written with extracts of her own diaries and letters,made it that much more interesting to read. Not only do we learn of Marie but of Louis and the strange traditions forced upon Royalty at the time. Before I read this I had different views on this particular King and Queen.

I realize this book was written from Marie's perspective but when studying history, that is often a perspective that is not shown. Near the end of her life, M
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Deana
Jul 25, 2008 Deana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deana by: Loyette Holdeway
This is the story of Marie Antoinette. This is a historical novel about her life and death. I was extremely educated about Marie and the history of the late 1700s. Victoria writes in first person.
Sumeetha Manikandan
A very poignant tale of a princess destined for the throne of France. From a flighty impulsive teenager Marie becomes a mature women who is in love with her husband. Yet she is surrounded by those who would betray her at any moment. It is a fictional account yet somehow I felt that the author has captured the very essence of Marie's character. The point where she confesses that she and Louis would have dealt well if they were mere husband and wife instead of the royal personages.

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Rick Woosley
Feb 01, 2015 Rick Woosley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read the condensed version of this book when I was about 12 years old. I loved it and immediately became hooked on knowing more about Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, French history, and France in general. Many years later I was able to travel to France and see Versailles and the Petit Trianon, where Marie spent so much of her time. I remember the feeling I got being there, and I literally cried as I descended the staircase and touched the railing. I had finally fulfilled my ambition of some ...more
Dori
Nov 15, 2013 Dori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt it was all 20/20 hindsight - it inferred Marie Antoinette caused the results because she did not listen to the "omens"
Jodi
Mar 02, 2008 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictional autobiography of Marie Antoinette. A GREAT read! It made me want to learn more about the real her.
Brittany B.
Wow! Am I the last person the realize Jean Plaidy is also Victoria Holt??!!
Tanya
Mar 16, 2015 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fictional autobiography told by Marie Antoinette before her execution. I didn't know that much about her so that was all interesting, but what I liked best was her evaluation of herself and her and the King's actions from this perception she has gained being near death herself. It makes for a great read- difficult details at times- but a unique way of considering the many what ifs.
Ellen Broadhurst
I read an abridged version of this book when I was a pre-teen, leaving me with a life-long desire to visit Versailles. In the spring of 2013, I was finally able to see Versailles and visit the Petite Trianon; preparing for this trip, I ordered a copy of this book and re-read it. Overall, it is not a terrible book, but it is also not as engaging as I remember it being when I was twelve. The story is, of course, well known, but something is lost hearing Marie A. tell the story herself in her voice ...more
Emily
Apr 18, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this book based on how much I liked it when I was teen. I don't remember the specifics, but I was also really into Dumas and eighteenth century France, so I enjoyed Holt's perspective on Maria Antoinette. I remember it being fairly clean, but I'm not positive...
Lee Yahnker
Nov 17, 2014 Lee Yahnker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If textbooks were written in the first person, history would be so interesting. I would have given this book a 5 if I'd been able to keep the characters straight.
Jinev
Jun 25, 2014 Jinev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rated the book as amazing 'cause how Victoria Holt wrote story is stunning! Likewise, I love stories based on true history. ;)
Katie
Aug 07, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite books. I could read it a million more times and never get bored.
Samantha
I feel that I've learned a lot about the French revolution and Marie Antoinette . It took me a long time to get through but I wouldn't say that is because it was boring. It takes more brain power, more focus than other reads. Weather or not this book portrayed Marie accurately or not, its still a good reminder not to judge someone on what you read about them in history. Marie made mistakes, but everyone has flaws and hers were magnified by ten. Its sad she would have been suited it seems for a m ...more
Donna
Poor Marie Antoinette. Too young to become Queen of France; still a teenager. No one taught her how to rule as a queen. Even her husband, King Louis XVI, was still a teen and did not know how to rule. So many obstacles to overcome, too many sorrows to bear, too much the 2 young rulers didn't know.
Victoria Holt made you feel as though you were right there with Marie every step of her life. My kleenex box was close at hand toward the end of this book. I learned a lot about Marie, King Louis XVI, a
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Linda Brungardt
The story of Marie Antoinette.
Kaelene
Feb 09, 2015 Kaelene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
It was pretty interesting, but it took me forever to get through it.
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