Really well written, Antonia Fraser gives lots of details of the places, the characters and historical events. I was truly addicted to this book, and read more on Marie Antoinette after reading this book.
It's not the first biography I've read about the last Queen of France, and of course I had my History during my school years, so I did know what I was going to read. Still, while I travelled through pages and those fatal decades of XVIII century, I couldn't help hoping for a different turn of events: this time the rulers won't commit the same mistakes and misjudgements, the Revolution won't allow itself the same excesses, the story will end another way. This is weird, isn't it? Even stupid. Truth is, Marie Antoinette's life and personae are so charming that they are not only the perfect matter for books and movies, but they could be a novel themselves, with no need to change even a comma; my mind was probably thinking to be in front of a work of fiction, hence the happy ending I was hoping for. As far as this biography is concerned, I feel I have to agree with those who say that, basically, Lady Fraser has done a huge collecting job. In my opinion, the most valuable aim she has reached with her work is drawing again attention upon one of the most mistreated and misunderstood figure in history, one who has still a lot to tell (and who, incidentally, didn't deserve the biopic offered by Sofia Coppola). I'm not saying this is a bad result; just that, together with Fraser's work, even her own sources shouldn't be forgotten and should get their place in the sun....Continua
Very detailed description of this Queen of France and events associated with her life from birth to guillotine... remarkably sad and beautifully done.