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Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
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Wayne Hi Kylie,

Can you tell me about this book?

I first read about this tragic woman when I was reading through a Women's Weekly magazine at my Granny's in the days when it was the size of the Daily Telegraph.This must have been in the early 50's. I learned to read by the time I was 4 and was voracious. Di taught me to read at the kitchen table,God bless her.I can remember it clearly:lying on the floor in the lounge room, the sun streaming in and I'd only turned a few pages and here was a painting of a beautiful lady dressed in a gown with an amazing hairdo. I'm sure she had some children with her. Who the Hell was she?? I was devestated to find that she, a queen had been beheaded. I'm still devestated.

Its taken me to the Conciergerie in Paris twice to see her prison cell: to her charming mock pastoral village on the edge of Versailles twice...the second time with Di just a few years ago.To the Place de Concorde where the guillotine was set up. And very recently to the memorial chapel built as a reparation to her and Louis in Paris.I was riveted by the fantastic re-creations of her life in the Kirsten Dunst movie which I then purchased. But I cannot bring myself to READ her life.Too,too sad!!!

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