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  1. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel
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  2. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel

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Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life―from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life―from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

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Carolly Erickson
Erickson, Carolly
St. Martin's Griffin
St. Martin's Griffin
St. Martin's Griffin
St. Martin's Griffin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The author wrote a bio on Marie Antoinette which was okay. Ms Erickson does have professional credentials but this book was more Barbara Cartland than a professional historian's work. The story was so ludicrous and implausible as to be an insult to the intelligence. I know she probably developed this based on a "what might have been" but it was a piece of fluff not even historical fiction.
I read this book due to a book club choice. I didn't find it all that riveting, but several did enjoy in immensely. If you read it as a fiction story rather than the life of an actual historical person, the tale is fairly good. If the reader is a history buff, however, he/she will be frustrated.
this is a fantastical book....amazing read. Very entertaining while keeping up the integrity of the original story. Truly wonderful book. I have read it more than a few times and I am not a huge reader.
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