To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2004 - History - 384 pages
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One of history's most misunderstood figures, Marie Antoinette represents the extravagance and the decadence of pre-Revolution France. Yet there was an innocence about Antoinette, thrust as a child into the chillingly formal French court.

Married to the maladroit, ill-mannered Dauphin, Antoinette found pleasure in costly entertainments and garments. She spent lavishly while her overtaxed and increasingly hostile subjects blamed her for France's plight. In time Antoinette matured into a courageous Queen, and when their enemies finally closed in, Antoinette followed her inept husband to the guillotine in one last act of bravery.

In To the Scaffold, Carolly Erickson provides an estimation of a lost Queen that is psychologically acute, richly detailed, and deeply moving.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
11
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
32
Chapter 4
42
Chapter 5
51
Chapter 6
63
Chapter 7
72
Chapter 8
82
Chapter 18
196
Chapter 19
205
Chapter 20
215
Chapter 21
226
Chapter 22
237
Chapter 23
245
Chapter 24
257
Chapter 25
268

Chapter 9
93
Chapter 10
104
Chapter 11
114
Chapter 12
124
Chapter 13
136
Chapter 14
150
Chapter 15
160
Chapter 16
173
Chapter 17
184
Chapter 26
281
Chapter 27
293
Chapter 28
303
Chapter 29
314
Chapter 30
325
Chapter 31
334
Notes
346
Index
369
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About the author (2004)

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina's Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

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