By Sena Jeter Naslund
Marie Antoinette was once a toddler of fourteen whilst her mom, the Empress of Austria, prepared for her to go away her kinfolk and her nation to turn into the spouse of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the longer term King of France. Coming of age within the such a lot public of arenas—eager to be a superb spouse and robust queen—she warmly embraces her followed state and its voters. She exhibits her new husband not anything yet love and encouragement, although he many times fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is not able to provide what she and the folks of France wish so much: a toddler and an inheritor to the throne. Deeply disillusioned and remoted in her personal intimate circle, and except the social lifetime of the court docket, she permits herself to stay unaware of the country's transforming into monetary and political crises, while bad harvests, sour winters, struggle money owed, and poverty precipitate uprising and revenge. The younger queen, as soon as liked by way of the typical folks, turns into a aim of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the remainder of the royal kin are stuck up within the nightmarish violence of a murderous time known as "the Terror."
With penetrating perception and with wondrous narrative ability, Sena Jeter Naslund bargains an intimate, clean, heartbreaking, and dramatic reimagining of this actually compelling girl that is going some distance past well known myth—and she makes a bygone time of tumultuous swap as actual to us because the one we live in now.
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