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Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution #3)

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At the age of fifteen, Marie Antoinette, beautiful and charming bride to the impotent Dauphin, is plunged into the intrigue of Versailles.
Frivolous and reckless, she flouts the strict and demanding etiquette of the glittering court, and discovers the true nature of hate . . . and love.
But the clouds of revolution are overhead, and Marie Antoinette, who only wished to enjoy
Published (first published 1957)
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Jahnavi Jha
The writing style is the main downside of this book. The characterizations are surprisingly poor. The descriptions are very childish and the most shocking bit is that revolution is portrayed in the worst way possible. Overall, this book is quite disappointing, considering the fact that there are several, more well-researched historical fiction books out there. Most importantly, this book could not bring Marie Antoinette to life, it is confusion of holler than thou reactions. Expected better from ...more
Katie Cowie
Sep 04, 2013 Katie Cowie rated it really liked it
Very good personal look into the life of Marie Antoinette
At first, I wasn't fond of the writing style - not because it wasn't modern but because it just didn't seem to lend itself to much depth. But by the end of the book, I felt it was well worth the read. The gradual evolution of Antoinette's character was well portrayed and the ending was very moving. I suppose the lack of depth in the beginning was merely because Antoinette herself lacked much depth until her world began to change.

I do have two complaints though. The same adjectives seemed to be u
Phil Syphe
May 26, 2016 Phil Syphe rated it it was amazing
Having read a biography of Marie Antoinette, I think this fictional account of this fascinating woman is a damn good read. Jean Plaidy has done a great job of bringing Marie Antoinette to life, along with Louis XVI.

The author focuses on many of the most important aspects of this frightening period of French history, mixing in some trivialities, which gives a more rounded story. In reality, Marie Antoinette's final few years were much more drawn-out and wretched than portrayed here. That said, e
Mar 21, 2016 Jazelle rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book about Marie Antoinette that I've read and I liked it because it's written in a third point of view compared to the usual format that I've read, which was always first POV (Marie Antoinette's). I love the way this was written too because it served facts in a more objective and understandable way like the events concerning the diamond necklace.

In this book too, it was so much easier to imagine the "fall from grace" of the royal family since it also told the story AFTER the
Anna  Gibson
This book was surprisingly historically solid, and appropriately sympathetic but without any sort of whitewashing. (Though, I'm personally not a fan of this sort of passive narrative style of writing, so I found it hard to get into this book.)
Apr 02, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and informative read that got me into wonderful debates with my husband about the marriage of figaro and the barber of Seville.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 21, 2015 11:27AM  
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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