Author: Helene Delalex,Alexandre Maral,Nicolas Milovanovic

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606064835

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

View: 1174

Marie-Antoinette (1755–1793) continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers more than two centuries after her death. She became a symbol of the excesses of France’s aristocracy in the eighteenth century that helped pave the way to dissolution of the country’s monarchy. The great material privileges she enjoyed and her glamorous role as an arbiter of fashion and a patron of the arts in the French court, set against her tragic death on the scaffold, still spark the popular imagination. In this gorgeously illustrated volume, the authors find a fresh and nuanced approach to Marie-Antoinette’s much-told story through the objects and locations that made up the fabric of her world. They trace the major events of her life, from her upbringing in Vienna as the archduchess of Austria, to her ascension to the French throne, to her execution at the hands of the revolutionary tribunal. The exquisite objects that populated Marie-Antoinette’s rarefied surroundings—beautiful gowns, gilt-mounted furniture, chinoiserie porcelains, and opulent tableware—are depicted. But so too are possessions representing her personal pursuits and private world, including her sewing kit, her harp, her children’s toys, and even the simple cotton chemise she wore as a condemned prisoner. The narrative is sprinkled with excerpts from her correspondence, which offer a glimpse into her personality and daily life. Visually rich and engaging, Marie-Antoinette offers a fascinating look at the multifaceted life of France’s last, ill-fated queen.

Marie Antoinette

Author: Dena Goodman,Thomas E. Kaiser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136704892

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 489

Marie-Antoinette is one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in all of French history. This volume explores the many struggles by various individuals and groups to put right Marie's identity, and it simultaneously links these struggles to larger destabilizations in social, political and gender systems in France. Looking at how Marie was represented in politics, art, literature and journalism, the contributors to this volume reveal how crucial political and cultural contexts were enacted "on the body of the queen" and on the complex identity of Marie. Taken together, these essays suggest that it is precisely because she came to represent the contradictions in the social, political and gender systems of her era, that Marie remains such an important historical figure.


Author: John Hardman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300249039

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 401

View: 3288

A new look which fundamentally overturns our understanding of this famously "out of touch" queen “Presents [Marie-Antoinette] as much more than a symbol whose meaning is in the eye of her beholder . . . neither martyr nor voluptuary but rather a serious participant in politics.”—Lynn Hunt, New York Review of Books “Splendid. . . . Masterly. . . . A wonderfully gripping biography.”—Allan Massie, Wall Street Journal Named a Book of the Year (2020) by The Spectator Who was the real Marie-Antoinette? She was mistrusted and reviled in her own time, and today she is portrayed as a lightweight incapable of understanding the events that engulfed her. In this new account, John Hardman redresses the balance and sheds fresh light on Marie-Antoinette’s story. Hardman shows how Marie-Antoinette played a significant but misunderstood role in the crisis of the monarchy. Drawing on new sources, he describes how, from the outset, Marie-Antoinette refused to prioritize the aggressive foreign policy of her mother, Maria-Theresa, bravely took over the helm from Louis XVI after the collapse of his morale, and, when revolution broke out, listened to the Third Estate and worked closely with repentant radicals to give the constitutional monarchy a fighting chance. For the first time, Hardman demonstrates exactly what influence Marie-Antoinette had and when and how she exerted it.


Author: 50MINUTES,


ISBN: 2806290031

Category: History

Page: 44

View: 5363

Keen to learn but short on time? Get to grips with the life of Marie-Antoinette in next to no time with this concise guide. provides a clear and engaging analysis of the life and reign of Marie-Antoinette. In 1789, a bloody revolution broke out in France, and four years later the king and queen were executed. A range of factors led to this shocking outcome, from Marie-Antoinette’s perceived frivolity and disloyalty to France to the role of an increasingly powerful and hostile press. Marie-Antoinette is one of the iconic figures of French history and continues to fascinate and divide opinion even today. In just 50 minutes you will: • Learn about Marie-Antoinette’s upbringing in Austria and her marriage to Louis XVI of France • Evaluate her behaviour as dauphine and queen of France, which gave her a reputation for carelessness and frivolity • Analyse how her reputation and reaction to the events of the French Revolution led to her unpopularity and downfall ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | History & Culture 50MINUTES.COM will enable you to quickly understand the main events, people, conflicts and discoveries from world history that have shaped the world we live in today. Our publications present the key information on a wide variety of topics in a quick and accessible way that is guaranteed to save you time on your journey of discovery.

Marie-Antoinette's Present

Author: Marie-Alix Ravel

Publisher: Marie-Alix Ravel

ISBN: 2981214330

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9197

Throughout time, there have been people whose deaths changed the world so their lives and messages become eternal in our history books and consciousness.Marie Antoinette was born in Austria to a life of unimaginable wealth and unquestioned privileges. At the age of 14 she moved to France to marry the dauphin and at 18 became Queen of the most powerful country in Europe.When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, everything changed. Marie Antoinette had to grow up very fast. Despite of all her efforts, she lost everything and finished her life in a small cell of the Conciergerie.In the confinement of her cell, her life is suspended in time. Tribulation makes her realize who she is and she understands things are taken from her so that she will not remain earthbound and forgetful of her true immortal state.This tremendous transformation that helped her climb the stairs of the guillotine with natural heroism and die as a Queen in 1793 is for the first time ever revealed in ‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’.‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’ is the never-before-told true story of a young woman, Kiera, burdened with repetitive nightmares of an old wheel on a cobblestone road, wooden steps, a frisson of cold air on her neck and the bitter taste of metal in her mouth.Emptiness. Silence. Death.In order to uncover the truth behind her dream and its connection to her present and past relationships, Kiera courageously shares her spiritual and emotional journey toward the realization that she was indeed, Marie-Antoinette, the last queen of France.Let Marie Antoinette’s Present be the key of your universe as it was hers.Marie-Alix Ravel is a researcher in reincarnation. When Kiera Hermine comes to see her, she has a passion for this strange case. Dreams, inexplicable coincidences will push Marie-Alix to conduct a thorough investigation, guided by a strong natural intuition and years of experience. This story is based on real facts, and either you believe in reincarnation or not, ‘Marie Antoinette’s Present’ is a moving story in which the present meets the past so amazingly.

Le Présent de Marie-Antoinette

Author: Marie-Alix Ravel

Publisher: Marie-Alix Ravel

ISBN: 2981214322

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Le Présent de Marie-Antoinette est un roman basé sur l’histoire vraie d’une jeune femme, Kiera Hermine, accablée par le cauchemar répétitif d’une vieille roue sur le pavé, de pieds sur des marches en bois, une affreuse sensation de froid dans le cou et un goût horrible de métal dans la bouche.Le néant. Le silence. La mort.Ces cauchemars s’estompent avec l’âge mais lui reviennent soudainement en mémoire à la naissance de sa fille. Une voyante rencontrée par hasard lui apprend qu’elle serait la réincarnation de Marie-Antoinette.Afin de découvrir la vérité, Kiera consulte un hypnothérapeute : sa vie antérieure se manifeste et l’entraîne dans une aventure où le temps n’existe plus.Marie-Alix Ravel est psychothérapeute et hypnothérapeute spécialisée dans les vies antérieures. Lorsque Kiera Hermine vient la consulter, elle se passionne pour son cas étrange. Les rêves, les inexplicables coïncidences vont pousser Marie-Alix à mener une enquête approfondie, guidée par une forte intuition naturelle et de nombreuses années d’expérience. Marie-Alix Ravel est d’origine française et a vécu quatorze ans au Canada avant de partir s’installer à Los Angeles en 2006.Marie-Alix a écrit pour le magazine Elle-Québec et est apparue dans plusieurs émissions télévisées au Canada. Elle a aussi été consultante pour l’industrie du cinéma à Los Angeles.Que vous croyez ou non en la réincarnation, Le Présent de Marie-Antoinette est une histoire émouvante dans laquelle le présent répond au passé de manière étonnante.

Marie Antoinette's Head

Author: Will Bashor

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493001191

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 4711

Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better part of the queen’s reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queen’s affairs? Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship, Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autie from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette. By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, French History professor and expert Will Bashor, tells Autie’s mostly unknown story. Bashor chronicles Leonard’s story, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence. Besides his proximity to the queen, Leonard also had a most fascinating life filled with sex (he was the only man in a female dominated court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, theft, exile, treason, and possibly, execution.

My Story: Marie Antoinette

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407129813

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 872

Young Marie Antoinette has a recurring nightmare, in which the broken head of her porcelain doll is her own. Marie Antoinette doesn't know her fate, but she knows her destiny is to one day be the Queen of France. But all the preparation in the world cannot equip her for the adventure she is about to embark upon.

Who Was Marie Antoinette?

Author: Dana Meachen Rau,Who HQ

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399539751

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 9243

From the palaces of Austria to the mirrored halls of Versailles, Marie Antoinette led a charmed life. She was born into royalty in 1755 and married the future king of France at age 15. By 21 she ascended to the throne and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle of masquerade balls, sky-high wigs, and extravagant food. But her taste for excess ruffled many feathers. The poor people of France blamed Marie Antoinette for their poverty. Her spending helped incite the French Revolution. And after much public outcry, in 1793 she quite literally lost her head because of it. Whether she was blameless or guilty is debatable, but Marie Antoinette remains woven into the fabric of history and popular culture.

The Musical World of Marie-Antoinette

Author: Barrington James

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476642028

Category: Music

Page: 266

View: 1240

For decades, eighteenth-century Paris had been declining into a baroque backwater. Spectacles at the opera, once considered fit for a king, had become "hell for the ears," wrote playwright Carlos Goldoni. Then, in 1774, with the crowning of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Paris became one of the world's most vibrant musical centers. Austrian composer Christophe-Willibald Gluck, protege of the queen, introduced a new kind of tragic opera--dramatic, human and closer to nature. The expressive pantomime known as ballet d'action, forerunner of the modern ballet, replaced stately court dancing. Along the boulevards, people whistled lighter tunes from the Italian opera, where the queen's favorite composer, Andre Modeste Gretry, ruled supreme. This book recounts Gluck's remaking of the grand operatic tragedy--long symbolic of absolute monarchy--and the vehement quarrels between those who embraced reform and those who preferred familiar baroque tunes or the sweeter melodies of Italy. The turmoil was an important element in the ferment that led to the French Revolution and the beheading of the queen.