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The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
"Evocative photography and a wealth of detail make the book a visual treat."--"Interior Design"
Marie Antoinette, whose marriage at fifteen made her queen of France before she was twenty, died under the blade of the guillotine in 1793. She has been romanticized as the martyred queen, admired as the personification of eighteenth-century French royal style, and vilified as t
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Thames & Hudson
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Rachel T
Apr 01, 2016 Rachel T rated it liked it
Marie Antoinette is one of the more high profile women in French history I can think of, second perhaps only to Joan of Arc for the amount of cultural references there are about her. It isn't so much her public life that fascinates me as her private life and how she established various retreats about Marie-Antoinette, her relationships and so on and would like to get a better idea of her then to run away to. Marie Antoinette is no Queen Elizabeth I or Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was not suited to ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Lea rated it liked it
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This book provides a very intimate look into the life of Marie Antoinette by providing a peek into the places she called home and some of the objects she treasured most. I was most interested in the hamlet she built for herself. It looks like a storybook village and illustrates the decadence for which she is probably best known.
Jan 09, 2016 Subrina rated it it was amazing
Really love this book. It will definitely be inspiring some projects in my home. I love a lot of the decorative designs, colors, and textures.
Jun 01, 2015 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, not for its historic value per-say since there are much better biographies of Marie Antoinette but more for the stunning presentation. short & enjoyable
Anna  Gibson
A nice book, but not very satisfying. Most of the pictures are pretty to look at, had a nice composition, and were reprinted well... but there wasn't too much that was new or something that hasn't been seen before. The text was sparse, occasionally inaccurate, but I suppose it makes for a nice photography book if you can find it for a good price and are interested in any views of Marie Antoinette's "world."
Dec 31, 2015 Robby rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one. Visually it is very satisfying. The photographs are of high quality. I spotted a few inaccuracies in the text and was a little disappointed to find so little attention paid to the Petit Trianon, yet, would recommend it to anyone interested in the rich history of Versailles and the life of Marie Antoinette at the French court.
RoseMary Achey
Jan 06, 2014 RoseMary Achey rated it it was ok
Read in preparation for Book Club
Dec 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
I really really liked this book, especially because I'm mildly obsessed with Versailles and M.A. herself.
Jessica Jewett
Aug 27, 2015 Jessica Jewett rated it really liked it
As a visual person, I found this book to be exactly what I needed!
Alisa Kester
Sep 28, 2009 Alisa Kester rated it really liked it
Very slender book, but the photographs are gorgeous!
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Who knew furniture could be so pretty
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