The Bad Queen

The Bad Queen

Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette

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History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned--and so misunderstood--as Marie-Antoinette.

From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone--courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people--but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can't help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette's lifestyle gets ever-more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty--and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.

In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Includes historical notes, an author's note, and a bibliography.

Publisher: Boston : Harcourt, ©2010.
ISBN: 9780152063764
Branch Call Number: F MEY YA
Characteristics: 420 p. : geneal. tables ; 22 cm.

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Brooke_Nicole
Aug 04, 2016

Very detailed, especially for a historical fiction, so I'm interested in how much content is based on fact and how much had to be imagined. I think Meyer wrote this novel in such a way that you could analyze Marie-Antoinette's flaws that led to her demise, viewing her from how she is generally seen today, while also relating to and sympathizing with her. This book made all too real the dangers of living a life where "ignorance is bliss." Another theme is how poor, seemingly innocent decisions can become so much larger than bargained for.

Really enjoyed this read, not usually a fan of history but this perspective made me rethink that. The book is narrated by Marie - Antoinette and is very entertaining. Looking forward to more books like this.

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primus
May 12, 2012

Marie Antoinette
Before French Revolution

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simplysudor
Jun 03, 2016

beauty is pain

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