Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
The Journey

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France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history. Antonia Fraser's lavish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.


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About Antonia Fraser

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Lady Antonia Fraser has been writing bestselling history for more than 30 years. She is one of a family of writers led by her mother, Elizabeth Longford. Lady Antonia has six children, two of whom are writers. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter.
 
Published November 12, 2002 by Anchor. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A biography of a queen who never said, as legend has it, "Let them eat cake."

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

The New York Times

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The first thing Marie Antoinette's newest biographer, Antonia Fraser, would have you know is that the long-maligned Queen of France was a model of compassion, the kind of altruistic sovereign who jumps out of her carriage to come to the aid of an injured peasant and conveys him home in her own co...

Sep 23 2001 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

The Guardian

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Sofia Coppola could easily be a character in one of her own films, a day-dreamy, slightly disconnected but immaculately stylish waif who seems all at sea in a world of extraordinary privilege.

Oct 08 2006 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

The Guardian

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Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser Phoenix £9.99 High glamour, precipitous hairdos and cake are all in abundance in Sofia Coppola's sunny and wilfully anachronistic new film, Marie Antoinette, which opens in UK cinemas on Friday.

Oct 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

The Guardian

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Marie-Antoinette Antonia Fraser Weidenfeld £25, pp496 The most famous line in gastronomic history, 'Let them eat cake', turns out to have been an eighteenth-century cliché.

Jun 17 2001 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

The Guardian

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Marie Antoinette Antonia Fraser 499pp, Weidenfeld, £25 It was a defining moment of the French revolution.

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Publishers Weekly

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Her queen is neither heroine nor villain, but a young wife and mother who, in her journey into maturity, finds herself caught in a deadly vise.

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BC Books

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Last night I went to bed playing the trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film over and over in my head.

May 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

USA Today

It's somewhat ironic that a barely literate Austrian archduchess with a bare-bones education and the attention span of a hamster has inspired a royal abundance of books.Yet if you read one book about Marie Antoinette (also the subject of a movie starring Kirsten Dunst this fall), let it be Sena J...

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Zimbio

I enjoyed reading it and have to admit after reading it my feelings towards the Austrian Queen are more sympathetic.

Oct 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Monsters and Critics

Based on Antonia Fraser\'s book about the ill-fated Archduchess of Austria and later Queen of France, \'Marie Antoinette\' tells the story of the most misunderstood and abused woman in history, from her birth in Imperial Austria to her later life in France.

Oct 17 2006 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

Monsters and Critics

Marie Antoinette is loosely based on author Antonia Fraser's biography of the queen who was beheaded during the French Revolution, but Coppola's focus is on the golden years, and spares us any grit, realism and odiousness that was most of France during this time.

Feb 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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