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Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
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Apr 16, 09


This is my kind of history. If those shows on the history channel about medieval weapons are history for boys, this is history for the girlies. It feels like reading an 18th century tabloid. In a really good way. I could not put it down, not even to brush my hair. (I needed one of Marie's famous horse-hair wigs). I loved the politics, the history, and Frasier's analysis, artfully dotted with details about the cut and fabric of her gowns, the food on her table, and the horribly wacky rules of life at Versailles.

I saw the movie, and liked it, but it doesn't bear much resemblance to the book.

If you like this, try Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (a contemporary of Marie), and To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette. (And then visit Versailles, the Petit Trianon, and the Conciergerie). Also, try Frasier's The Wives of Henry VIII.
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