To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amerigoUS - LibraryThing
Erickson's biography reads like a novel, full of descriptions of people and palaces, and political and social motivations. Though she doesn't analyze the politics in depth, there's enough background ... Read full review
TO THE SCAFFOLD: The Life of Marie AntoinetteUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A fast-paced biography by a talented and prolific historian of ill-fated royalty (Bonnie Prince Charlie, 1988; Bloody Mary, 1977) and unsettled times, (Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency ... Read full review