Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
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This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.
Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

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Juliet Grey is the author of Becoming Marie Antoinette. She has extensively researched European royalty and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette, as well as a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and southern Vermont.
Published August 9, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 482 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her sister is sent off to marry the King of Naples shortly before Antonia leaves for France, and her letters do little to assure Antonia that life away from Austria will be happy.

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Her first novel in the trilogy, "Becoming Marie Antoinette" is the story of Marie Antoinette's chilldhood in Austria as the daughter of the Empress of the Austria, her transformation into the dauphine of France, her lonely and confusing days at Versailles as the dauphine, and the beginnings of he...

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Her mother, knowing she needs to impress not only the French ambassador but eventually the French king, his court and the country’s people, begins Maria Antonia’s education again, with a decided slant towards making her not just appear French.

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Author and historical researcher Juliet Grey introduces us to Marie as a young girl in the first of her three-part series, Becoming Marie Antoinette.

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Marie Antoinette's life began as the youngest archduchess of Austria, her mother, Maria Teresa, the Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and Austria.

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I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family A richly detailed story by Juliet Grey, Becoming Marie Antoinette tells about the un...

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