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    Marie-France Boyer(Author) François Halard(Author)

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Marie Antoinette, whose marriage at 15 made her queen of France before she was 20, died under the blade of the guillotine in 1793. She has been romanticized as the martyred queen, admired as the personification of 18th-century French royal style, and vilified as the Austrian whose frivolous extravagance and foreign sympathies fired the French Revolution. This book turns aside from the official portraits and great historical events to rediscover the private places and objects that reflect Marie Antoinetteâs personality and reveal her more directly to our modern gaze. Beautifully photographed by François Halard, the rooms and buildings she inhabited are shown here in fascinating detail, from the distinctive fabrics and furnishings to the queenâs favourite objects â an amber curiosity, a Chinese lacquer gift from her mother, a porcelain bowl.
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  • By La Femme Savante on 16 September 2012

    I really was very disappointed with this book.I am a huge fan of Marie - Antoinette, I was hoping for a book of beautiful images: the numerous portraits of her and images of her private apartments at Versaille and the Petite Trianon. I am afraid the images were somewhat disappointing: the selection and the overall approach of the book.I thoroughly enjoyed leafing through the LIFE series of great ladies of our time such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Diana. These books were celebrations of glamorous and exceptional lives. I had thought this book on Marie-Antoinette would be similar in style: glossy and a celebration of a truly glamorous life.I'm afraid that in contrast, this book lacked the gloss.I recently read a biography of Marie - Antoinette that I found absorbing and would highly recommend ( Marie Antoinette: What Marie - Antoinette wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber.) The selection of images in this book was excellent and I still enjoy leafing through those. I am afraid the same cannot be said for this book.Rather disappointing.


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