Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria - France, 1769
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Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria - France, 1769 (The Royal Diaries)

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"I look up now into the oval mirror and see barely a trace of the mud-splattered girl tearing through the woodland on her horse, or the barefoot girl wading at Schonbrunn... I have become what Mama set out for me to be. Majestic. A Dauphine and eventually a Queen."

So writes the headstrong 13-year-old Maria Antonia--future Queen of France--in her diary on October 23, 1769

Hardcover, 238 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by Scholastic
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Kendra Beth
Jun 03, 2008 Kendra Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mainly middle school/ early high school girls. But really any girl should read it.
Recommended to Kendra Beth by: I picked it up on my own.
This book was wonderful! I read an article about Marie Antoinette, in an Smithsonian, or other historical magazine about a year ago, but mainly heard about Marie through people talking to me about.

The book is an account of Antonia- Marie Antoinette before her marriage to Louis XVI - up until a year after her marriage. Obviously, the book is based on her diary, if she had one.

I thought Marie was simply a selfish, shallow, riches and jewels based woman, before I read the book. Now it's very clea...more
Aha, I loved this book when I was ten or eleven when it came out. I thought it was wonderful, and I loved the cover art (okay, so I still do- look at the detail on the back of the gown! Ahh!), and the golden pages and the historical details at the end. I was a history nut even then. And I went bonkers with the whole 'Pardon me, Monsieur, I did not mean to do it' line. I remember reading that to my dad, and him being quite unimpressed. I don't remember much about the actual story, but I loved the...more
The author's writing style is quite interesting, but I think she could have wrote more about the wedding. I was really disappointed when I realised that Lasky stopped the story before the French Revolution. I actually read the book, because I wanted to know what Marie Antoinette thought about being Queen, how she acted during France crises and what she thought when women came to Versailles to demand bread. Even though I want to how all these things about her, I think Lasky chose a good point to...more
Jinny (
I really, really enjoyed this book about Marie Antoinette! I’ve always been a little fascinated with Marie Antoinette, she has a rather interesting life story … and of course, tragic as well. I’ve never been of the mindset that Marie Antoinette was an ignorant, frivolous queen who didn’t care for her subjects and peasants much, and I’m glad this book stresses the naivety of Marie Antoinette and how her upbringing shaped her. After all, being the 15th child, not many people would have expected su...more
I read this about a year ago (in 2008). I found it to be interesting, but I don't really like books that mix fact with fiction this way. You know, I wouldn't mind a book, say from the French Revolution, with a bunch of fictional stuff about a non-existant person, but I don't like it that so many things were added (thoughts, mostly, but some actions too) about the Queen of France, because that makes it much harder to separate between what is true and was is fabricated. That really irritates me. I...more
Probably one of my favourite books. I have read this book so many times, every time I read it hte book fills me with emotion. ONE of the very few books that actually made me cry. Marie Antionette is such a historical figure and this book is written so well with all the 18th Century facts included. Marie's Death in historical records of course was a tragic one, thanks to the French Revolution of 1789. But even so, this book has made me absolutly fascinated with 18th Century France and the French...more
Carrie Slager
When my mother told me people used to urinate on the floors of Versailles, I laughed at her and chaulked it up to either hyperbole or myth. Sure, Europeans weren’t the cleanest bunch back then, but to relieve oneself indoors on those magnificent palace floors? That’s crossing the line between truth and fiction, right?


For all of their protocol, manners and customs, the French nobility apparently acted like dogs who have not been properly house trained. Enter Marie Antoinette, an Austrian pr...more
Dear Goodreads, please forgive me but lately I have the attention span of a gnat. This often happens when I have a lot going on in my life, this time around it happens to be packing/moving/decorating a new condo combined with library budget season. For the next month or two, I'll be reading kids fiction that does not take much concentration to follow. I find the Dear America and Royal Diaries series are perfect for this! I'll get back to grown up books eventually...
Becky Keir Grace
A good, quick read for children on the historical figure, Marie Antoinette. I knew a little bit about this person before reading this, and the book gives insight as to the type of teenager she was. Taking place around the ages 13-14, the author gives voice to Marie Antoinette as a young girl before becoming the queen of France.

Marie Antoinette, Antonia, is the daughter of the Empress Marie Theresa, one of the youngest of 16 children. She is promised to the future king of France, Louis Auguste, w...more
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Haha. I read this when I was like 10 and thought it was really by Marie Antoinette. So disappointed when it wasn't, though I still kind of weirdly idolized her anyway.
The year is 1769; the place, Austria. The pressure is on thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia, youngest daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa, to excell so that she will be chosen to marry the future king of France. Antonia, as she is called, must learn French language, fashions, customs, and etiquette so that she can impress the king's messengers. She is given no time to act her age; when she does attempt to enjoy life as a girl should, she is severely punished. When she is sent away to France, her...more
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In this entertaining and surprisingly heartfelt read by Kathryn Lasky, we enter the fictitious private thoughts of the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. We meet spunky Antonia, the youngest daughter of the Austrian Empress, at around twelve or thirteen years of age. We are quick to learn that Antonia is not too fond of reading and writing (she indeed keeps the diary at the suggestion of her tutor in order to improve her spelling and penmanship) and she loves c...more
I really am biased toward the Marie Antoinette historical fiction novels but this was the book that really introduced me to the character. I read this when I was in the 5th grade, so I was around 11, to me what I loved most about her and what pulled me into her story was that she stood by her husband. Amidst the war rising in France, she stood by him. Of course, it doesn't go until the end of her life just until her earlier stay in France so up until the end, it still has the mind of teenager. A...more
Another great novel from the diary series inspired by the "Dear America" series. At first, I didn't like it so much; the writing was very poor. But I believe that was because Lasky was trying to imitate a girl learning how to write better, and thus the novel got progressively better.

I was already interested in Marie Antoinette before I picked this book up. I was pleased to find that I already knew much of the information in this novel. But I had a lot of fun reading it in a fictionalized form, a...more
May 03, 2013 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Marie Antoinette

Princess of Versailles By Kathryn Lasky

Marie Antoinette princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky is a really fascinating.This book is real diary entries of Marie Antoinette. But in her entries she tells the life of an Austrian princess is not all fun and games.” I look up now into the oval mirror and see barely a trace of the mud-splattered girl tearing through the woodland on her horse, or the barefoot girl wading at Schonbrunn... I have become what Mama set out for me to be. M...more
Oct 20, 2013 Tianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pretty much all ages!
I really love this series!
I read them all when I was younger and decided to read this one again and found that even after the hundreds of books I've read since the last time I read Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, it is still entertaining and a good read!
I have always loved reading historical fiction, learning about famous people in history, their stories. I must say that I love Marie Antoinette (Antonia)in the book!! She is a wonderful character/ is sad when you get to the...more
This instalment of The Royal Diaries is definitely one of my all time favourites alongside Anastasia and Kristina. I have noticed that the reality of Marie Antoinette is not perceived in this diary recount of her life and it does not display Marie Antoinette as the selfish, ignorant and oblivious woman she was alongside her husband and The Court of Versailles. But rather it displays her in a much more positive light and shows her as a loving, considerate young woman who was really just pushed in...more
Ana Mardoll
Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles / 0-439-07666-8

"Marie Antoinette" was the first Royal Diary I read and, as such, I have it to thank for hooking me on this wonderful series. Re-reading it again, years later, I have to confess that I still think that this is one of the best offerings in the series.

Many, perhaps most, readers will have limited knowledge of Marie Antoinette past vague recollections of cake. I was surprised and pleased to come to know her as a girl over the course of this b...more
Interesting take on Marie Antoinette's last days in her land of birth and early days at Versailles. I much preferred this book over the movie recently made with Kirsten Dunst (it isn't always that I prefer a book of a movie though). It just seemed to be more fitting that she would have become accustomed to the debauchery of French court life of the day rather than add to it like the movie shows. Plus I much prefer her husband here than how he was portrayed in the movie, a little bit different so...more
Dec 23, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preteen girls who enjoy historical fiction
Our oldest picked this book out at the library because it was about a princess. But when she saw how long the book was and how few pictures there were, she didn't want me to read it to her. I have studied quite a bit about France and thought I'd check it out myself. It's a quick read - I read it in about half a day - and it's an interesting fictional account of Antonia's life in Austria leading up to her marriage to Louis Auguste and then into the first few months or so of her life in France. It...more
Liz Dunn
Kathryn Lasky's Marie Antoinette is about the young Marie Antoinette (before she developed a negative reputation in history) and her struggles with learning the things she was required to learn. The royal women of that time period were required to know how to dance, they had to learn different languages, they had to be familiar with many cultures, and they had to marry men they didn't love. Marie Antoinette was no stranger to these things. Yet the book portrays her as a typical young teenage gir...more
Wonderful book! Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna later Marie Antoniette through her marriage to Louis Auguste later King Louis XVI. The early life of Maria Antoniette known as Antonia by her family and friends in Austria is all lessons and lectures. She has a caring family and lovely older sisters and a nosy mother. Antonia is engaged to the Dauphin of France and has to get herself ready for the marriage and for the journey she must make to the court of France where her everyone move is seen and com...more
Ellie Tautges
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! I learned a lot of new things about her! I knew about her before in my history classes but not in great detail; this book puts more details into her life. I also like that it is written in her point of view (Marie Antoinette's). I would definitely recommend this book! :)
Afnan Aldimasi
Since I studied the French Revolution, I have been curious to learn more about Marie Antoinette's lifestyle. The thing that caused this curiosity was her reply "Give them cake", when she was told that "People don't even have bread to eat"!

Throughout the novel she experienced an extremely luxurious life, however we notice how this has caused her unhappiness. The way she was forced to spend most of her day being taken care of her looks and the lack of education she received resulted the weak perso...more
Feb 22, 2014 Krista rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This book came with my Anastasia book (book I read before this one) so I need what I was expecting, a diary telling the events of history. I never knew much about Marie Antoinette besides for like fabulous hair and "let them eat cake" so I wasn't really expecting much. The book was good I give it a 3.5/5 and I got to learn more about her than I did before and I learn about the history. I felt it was below my reading level so I wasn't excited to read it so it took longer than it should have but i...more
The story was good, told through the perspective of a young Marie Antoinette. It is written as a diary of the young Archduchess and future Queen of France. I would recommend this book for a lot younger audience ... I think that it was definitely written for late middle school age.
Marie Antoinette is not stupid. She is just bored. But her life doesn't stay boring for long; she is engaged to a man she doesn't know, loses someone dear to her, and has to learn what it truly means to be a royal.

Her struggle to fit into French society is parallel to the struggle we all face to fit in, only with more at stake, for her at least.

It was a really really good book. The perspective given on Marie Antoinette is quite refreshing, and the views of the time period are evident throughou...more
I am extremely fond of this installment of the Royal Diaries. It cannot be accounted for by my fondness for the subject, as with the Elizabeth I diary; I really think it's just the writing. The diary takes the reader through Marie Antoinette's life between thirteen and fifteen, momentous years in which she married the future Louis XVI and moved from Austria to France, from the easy-mannered court of the Hapsburgs to the rigid court of Versailles. Marie Antoinette visibly grows up over the course...more
Groovy Girl and I read this after we finished The Lacemaker and the Princess. Great historical fiction written in diary format. Even though she came to a bad end we loved her joy for life!
When my family went to France a couple of years ago, we stopped at Versailles and about two thirds of every patisserie that we saw. Anyway, while we were at Versailles, my mom had to wait in a 45 minute line to go to the bathroom. She wasn't very happy about that. When we got back home, I read this book, and I came across this one part where it talks about how disgusting Versailles was, because there weren't enough bathrooms. My family and I found this hilarious, because even in the late 1700's...more
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 15: The War of the Ember, was released on November 1, 2008. Guardians of Gahoo...more
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