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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  5,701 Ratings  ·  551 Reviews
Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

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Paperback, 343 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1997)
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Jan 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Carrolly Erickson does everything in her power in this book to make Marie Antoinette appear self-absorbed, insensitive, vacuous, and oversexed, then expects you to be incensed when her enemies come to the same conclusion. I was baffled why suddenly she was some Great Queen who was victimized by the cruel powers of fate. I was like, wait, I'm supposed to like her? Did I nap through the part where she did a single redeemable thing? I mean, I think she gave, like, bread to some poor people once, bu ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a decent historical fiction novel written in a diary format, which provides a first person voice to the life of Marie Antoinette. As the author notes at the conclusion of the book, this is “a work of fiction, not fact – a historical entertainment, not an attempt at historical reconstruction.” I found the book interesting and the time period fascinating. Not having a lot of background knowledge on this subject, I tried to keep in the back of my mind that this was meant to be entertaining ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
My second time to read a biography of the deposed Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). The first book I read about her was Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette: The Journey (4 stars). I really liked it so I told myself that I wanted to read more books about this queen.

If Fraser's book is told in third person, this book by Erickson is told in first person because this is supposed to be from a secret diary of Marie Antoinette that she kept prior to her death by guillotine. That made the rea
Anna  Gibson
It's no secret that I enjoy historical accuracy when it comes to historical fiction, particularly when it's about my favorite subject, Marie Antoinette. But in the end when it comes to accuracy, I ask myself: "Could this book/the events/the characterization have been plausible, and was it a good read?" The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, unfortunately, was neither of those things for me.

The author strays so far from historical accuracy that I'm left to wonder... why write this book about "Mar
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
The author calls this book a historical entertainment -- which means she invents characters to interact with historical figures. If I'm going to read historical entertainment, having to guess who is real and who isn't, I'd better at least be entertained. Not so much. Pretty bland, nothing special, felt like I was reading bad chick lit from the 1700s.
Maia B.
I had not expected a wonderful, thrilling, romantic read. I had not expected a great novel. I had not expected a novel that would become one of my favorites.

I did expect, however, a historically accurate, well-written, interesting book with characters I could relate to and like.

I did not get any of this.

Instead, what I got was a mediocre novel full of characters who were ill-explained and given clumsy personalities. And the historical accuracy...God help us.

Carolly Erickson is a historian. She h
First of all, this a fiction book, nothing to do with Marie Antoinette's biography.

Secondly, the story is based on the assumption that Marie Antoinette's had written a diary telling her whole life, from her youth in Austria until her execution by the guillotine.

Since the true story of this historical character is being very well described in the literature, this book doesn't bring any new fact among the already known destiny of Marie Antoinette, her husband, Louis XVI and their children.

I've rea
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Mrs. Antoinette was born before her time - she would definitely be giving Paris Hilton a run for her money right now.
Marie Antoinette is my favorite historical personage and I will read anything about her. While this isn't the most impressive out there in terms of writing quality (nothing groundbreaking or life-changing), it was a lot better than I expected it to be and was actually a really pleasant guilty pleasure novel. I liked the tone of voice used for Marie in her diary entries, and I thought a lot of it went with what I know of her character. I wasn't sure whether I liked the added fictional characters ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nina Life of a Bookworm
Prvo sam mislila da cu ovoj knjizi dati cetvorku, ali onda sam promjenila misljenje i to s dobrim razlozima. Prva primjedba mi je ta sto iako je ova knjiga pisana kao dnevnik ima previse razgovora (i to poduzih) koji su zapisani. Da vas pitam nesto; jeste li iada vodili dnevnik? Ja jesam i nisam nikada zapisivala razgovore, samo bi ih prepricavala ili bih zapisala pokoju recenicu koja bi mi se urezala u sjecanje, ali nikako cijele razgovoer. Mislim da je autorica u tome pogrijesila - to je barem ...more
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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about Marie Antoinette. And, what I do know probably comes from the movies. She usually isn’t portrayed very kindly there. I had built this image of a young women who liked parties, clothes, and basic extravagance. This book took an extreme opposite view. It touched on the rumors surrounding the Queen, but I never got a good feel for how the Queen felt about this. The book seems to down play all of that, when in fact that malicious gossip eventua ...more
Jul 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
As I'm obsessed with French culture - especially the Revolution era - I really liked this book. We all know the story of Marie Antoinette, but this was a light read that tried to bring her perspective to the situation. This book also showed a different side of Marie Antoinette, as someone who is looking for love, even outside of her marriage to Louis.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in one day. We all know the outcome, but written as a diary is an interesting way to lead up to it.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viihdyttävä, järkyttävä ja erittäin uskottava kaunokirjallinen teos. Ripaus chick-lit:iä ja 1700 -luvun prameat juhlat ja puvut kruunaavat kaiken.
Jan 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Love, love, loved it!!! I haven't read anything on Marie Antoinette, only watched movies really.... so I found this very interesting. I gobbled it up in 2 days; I would have read it even quicker had I not had a busy schedule! If you are a historical fiction buff, you'll probably like it. Vaguely reminds me of Phillipa Gregory's writing, only no where near as sexual.
Side note: I can't help but picture marie as Kirstin Dunst (sp) from the movie Marie Antionette.... personality and looks
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading about Marie Antoinette. I love Historical Fiction, and they always make me want to find out more about their lives and the world they had to live in. I could not imagine being married off at 14 (and younger), by no choice of my own to only lord know who, or walking to my death, by having my head chopped off, with everyone standing around watching and cheering it on. what a brutal way to go for the people of that time... *shiver*
Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read! I've always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette, and this fictional take on her life just made me wish again that maybe this time, she wouldn't lose her head. I forgot to pay attention to the details of the book when I ordered it, though, and I bought the large print edition - kinda made me feel like the book was yelling at me.
Hoover Public Library Adult Fiction
For someone who really enjoys historical fiction, this book is a must. Written as a diary, it covers everything from when Marie first meets Louis, all through their marriage, through the French Revolution, right up to her execution. It is well written, exciting, poignant. Absolutely one of my favorite books as well as authors.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book was great..makes me want to learn more about Marie Antoinette!! I would definitely recommend it!
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It is a bit of fiction placed in an amazingly accurate historical account of Marie Antoinette's life. I have read it 3 times!
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves to read and dream of what it would be like to live in this time of history
Easy read. Fun. Worth the read even if you saw the movie.
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I read this during a time when I was obsessed with Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. This may have colored my rating - had I not been so hungry to read ANYTHING about Marie I may not have given it 5 stars. I enjoyed the different perspective. It was total entertainment to see what Marie MIGHT have thought. There was also much accuracy - I had done enough research to know what was real and what was fiction. It was just an addition to my knowledge at the time. I thought it was well writt ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable concept - the left behind diaries from Marie Antoinette - that didn't quite reach its full potential for me. I saw someone below make a distinction between historical fiction and historical entertainment and I think that's spot on here. There was so much left unsupported by the paltry authors note, and it was clear that a great deal of the characters and their basic relationships were crafted just for the book. Maybe I've been spoiled by the Sharon Kay Penman's of the world who can wri ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I knew after the first four pages that this book had great potential to be rated five stars. Seventy pages in, I still felt it was a five star book. Halfway through, I started to get a wee bit bored which brought my rating down to a 3. The part where she visits Sweden was unnecessary. I was afraid of how the rest of the book was going to be written . . . thinking it might be boring or too spread out. The pace actually quickened 100 pages from the end of the book, onward. All the gruesome,
Judgemental Sloth
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Do you want to read a great book? Feel unexplicable emotions? My best advice is to DROP THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.

This book was probably one of the worst I've ever read.

The most frustrating thing was that it has very poor historical accuracy of the actual facts that did happen and to me, this was beyond annoying and it made me want to drop the book right there and then, but I have a policy that whenever I start a book I must finish it.

The story was not entertaining, it seemed as if a modern aged teen
Nov 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in the french revolution
This book begins with Marie Antoinette using it as a record of her sins for her priest when she is thirteen. By the time the book is over, she is thirty-seven and still writing. This book kept me fairly interested, but those with weak stomachs be warned: there are plenty of grisly details and descriptions. At times, it can be a little unrealistic, as are all books in diary format, because of the minute detail and the word-for-word conversations, and the mentioning of servants finding the diary a ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Let me begin by saying I wanted to like this book, I really did. I love reading about Marie Antoinette. I actually kept trying to read this, and I am definitely one of those unfortunate people who HAS to finish a book no matter how much they suffer. But I hate to say *sigh* I gave up. There were too many historic liberties taken in my opinion to make it enjoyable, the characters left me wanting more from their one or two dimensions they were allowed, the writing at times was redundant. To be hon ...more
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Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Hawaii.
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