Marie Antoinette: The Journey (Paperback)
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.
"Remarkable. . . . Amply researched. . . . Convincing. [Fraser displays] greater psychological acumen than any of numerous earlier biographers."
—Francine du Plessix Gray, The New York Times Book Review
"Absorbing as ever, Fraser's blend of insight and research persuades us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received."
—The New Yorker
"Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait."
—The Wall Street Journal