Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie
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This is a moving and comprehensive account of Prisoner No 280's final days, leading to her fate with the guillotine. Now known as widow Capet she was formerly known as Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.
Austrian by birth, Marie Antoinette was seen by the French people as a rather cold and thoughtless person, who continued to live a particularly lavish lifestyle whilst they were were left wit ...more
After Louis XVI is executed Marie Antoinette is ripped from her family and her incarceration at the Conciergerie begins. She's sick both physically and mentally and she'll spend 76 days in this dungeon before her death and her ultimate beheading on October 16 1793.
There are escape plans, a trial that is a farce, accusations of incest and plenty more to keep you interested. Definitely recommend.
MARIE ANTOINETTE was born November 2, 1755 and died by decapitation on October 16, 1793. She was executed only hours after receiving a guilty verdict, and the horror story of her last 76 days of incarceration is told here.
Will Bashor writes an enticing and detailed work of non-fiction describing the harsh and frightening prison conditions, the ex-Queen's crude treatment in the cell, her brutally long days of trial interrogation (while in declining health) and the horrif...more
Impeccably researched, maps of the prison included, interesting reading but for me it lacked heart. A recitation ...more
Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie is a thoroughly researched historical masterpiece. Written in a novelistic style, documentation of her seventy-six days ...more
This book is a gateway drug. It could lure impressionable young people into history. People associate history with men, but statistics show it often affects women. Know the warning signs. You can pretend not to notice she's doing Doris Kearns Goodwin and tell yourself it's only a phase. But by the time you find the Margaret MacMillan hidden in her mattress, it'll probably be too late – she'll already be exp ...more
Oh my, poor Marie Antoinette. I have read a few books on this French Queen, but they mostly focus on her childhood and time as co-ruler of France. I had some idea that her captivity leading up to her execution was horrifying, but I never knew exactly how bad. This book's research was phenomenal, looking into a part of French history most know of but know little about. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys the history of that era or area.
Although I doubted for a while that there'll be a non-fiction book that will get a 5-star rating from me I finally found one that I truly enjoyed.
Starting 'Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days' I knew hardly anything about her last months in the Conciergerie. I've been to Paris recently and saw the building but apart from knowing that it used to be a prison there was no other connection.
When I start to read a non-fiction book I want to learn something new and e ...more
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This unique account of an intriguing period of history is meticulously researched to give us the most accurate version of the events and is so cleverly crafted it manages to read like a novel. Drawing from records Mr. Basher has captured what Marie-Antoinette may have endured during the two and half month imprisonment prior to her execution.
The book begins on the 2nd of august 1793 the Marie- Antoinette was escorted from the temple to the Conciergerie, known a ...more
While seemingly well researched, I found the book in a strange niche. For the casual reader who might not be intimately acquainted with all the comings and goings of the French Revolution, it will seem almost suspended in time, with very little information about ...more
I found it fascinating that there were so many plots to try to save Marie Antoinette's life. Not ...more
From the moment I read the opening poignant words voiced by Marie Antoinette in her last hours and the author’s explained notable intentions for writing about the doomed woman’s darkest days, I had this unexpected positive feeling I may have found something special. I was right, not only did Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie end as an impressive nonjudgmental toned narrative that encouraged fina ...more
I will admit I do not know much at all about Marie Antoinette. I read a fiction book with an alternate history about her that piqued my curiosity in regard to her life(Insatiable: A Macabre History of France
by Ginger Myrick). Darkest Days does not deal with her whole life, it focuses on the last few months of her life, specifically her 76 days of life in the Conciergerie.
Will Bashor obv ...more