The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette
History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned— and so misunderstood— as Marie-Antoinette.
From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone: courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French pe
Not necessarily historically accurate but well done.
Fully appropriate for tweens.
You could argue that signing the marriage contract between the future last king and queen of France was the signature on Marie-Antoine ...more
What I Liked: Here was a Marie Antoinette that I could sympathize with - and then later shake my head at, but still understand her reasons. It could not have been easy having to leave her entire life behind - indeed, her very identity - at such a young age, and move to a foreign country and court, marry someone she’d never met, and have e ...more
The Bad Queen is the most recent book in Carolyn Meyer’s Young Royals series. It tells the story of Marie Antoinette, one of the most hated and misunderstood queens in all of history. She’s painted as what most of us would call a party girl. She loves lavish entertainments and fancy gowns. The more elaborate the better. She can pretty much be credited with creating big hair. One of her updos stood more than a foot above her head!
It was interesting that Ms ...more
I'm having a hard time understanding Marie Antoinette as a person and this book doesn't help me much. I think this book focuses more on her youth wh ...more
Marie-Antoinette leaves her country and everything behind at a young age to marry the dauphin of France. While excited at the prospect of making such an important match, she doens't realize what it will entail.
She soon learns there are numerous rules and protocols to follow - whether she believes them to be right or not. There are plenty of people who want her to fail, and not many wishing to become her friend. Marie-Antoinette fumbles through tryi ...more
I’ve read quite a bit about Marie-Antoinette, but never a whole novel about her. The Bad Queen spanned over the course of her whole life. From the time she was a young child to her death; in which case her daughter takes up the tale. My heart went out to Marie-Antoinette bec ...more
The author did not add any fictional characters and tried to stay true to Marie Antoinette.
There is no huge romance between Axel and Marie... there is no proof that it happened and the story let the Queen keep her virtue.
This is truely a Young Adult book, it is not inappropriate for teen readers but we still get the feel of the story.
The Rules listed at the front of each chapter where a nice touch.
The descriptions of some of M.A.'s properties sounded so beautiful.
The Ending when the daug ...more
This fictional account of what Marie Antoinette's life may have been like give ...more
One of the VERY few books I've read non-stop (on lunch breaks only) and from A-Z. Did not want it to end. So, time to explore Carolyn Meyer's other books. :)
Then at the end when Meyer switches the narrative from Marie Antoinette to her daughter, I lost interest altogether, finishing the book only because a little over 50 pages remained.
I do not recomme ...more