|Francois Dumont, Marie Antoinette. 1780, portrait miniatures (5x3 in.), ivory. Image from slide, University of California, San Diego.|
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Marie Antoinette, born (ready for this?) archduchess Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg- Lorraine, grew up in Austria with twelve brothers and sisters. Her mother was Maria Theresa, the Empress of Austria, and her father was the Holy Roman Emperor. When she was just fourteen years old she left her home to marry the Dauphin of France, destined to be the future Queen of France.
She left all of her possessions to move to France (yes even her pup!) where she would live the rest of her life. Marie Antoinette's life as queen was brief and ended with the French Revolution. She is best known for her role as a carefree, profligate young Queen, her influence on fashion, her relationships with members of the aristocracy and the famous phrase "let them eat cake" which she never actually said!
I have selected sources that are available from libraries or online, and I have provided links, when available, for the convenience of users. Some articles from academic databases may not be available through all libraries but they most likely can be obtained through your local library's interlibrary loan service.
"Marie Antoinette." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Provides a brief and general entry on Marie Antoinette, who she was and a little bit about her reign.
The private life of Marie Antoinette
Campan. 2008. The private life of Marie Antoinette. Stroud, Gloucestershire: History Press. This book is by Madame Campan who was the reader to the Royal Princesses. A Royalist through and through, this book discusses her encounters with the Queen, (again it is most favorable as she was fond of the Royal family).
Queen of France; a biography of Marie Antoinette.
Castelot, Andre. 1957. Queen of France; a biography of Marie Antoinette. New York: Harper. Castelot's books are great. This is a good general biography of the queen, a very easy read.
Cullen, Lynn, and Amy Young. 2006. Moi and Marie Antoinette. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books. Told from the eyes of Marie Antoinette's pug, this children's book is a very fun mini biography of Marie Antoinette. Ages 5-11.
Marie Antoinette, PBS
"Marie Antoinette, PBS." PBS: Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/marieantoinette/ (accessed April 12, 2011). Excellent resource on Marie Antoinette including an interactive timeline about her life from childhood through death.
Marie Antoinette's Estate
"Marie Antoinette's Estate." Chateau Versailles. http://en.chateauversailles.fr/marie-antoinettes-estate (accessed October 20, 2014). This authoritative website features a section on Marie Antoinette's estate, Petit Trianon, where she spent much of her free time.
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I Shall Love You Until Death” (Marie-Antoinette to Axel von Fersen)
Patarin, Jacques, and Valerie Nachef. 2010. "“I Shall Love You Until Death” (Marie-Antoinette to Axel von Fersen)." Cryptologia. 34(2): 104-114. This article explores the encryption of correspondence between Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen during the years of the French Revolution. These letters had to be encrypted for protection of parties and any other secrets.
Grubin, David, Blair Brown, and Michael Bacon. 2006. Marie Antoinette. [Arlington, VA]: PBS Home Video. This film tells a sympathetic story of Marie Antoinette, as she moved from her childhood home to become a much adored political figure to a hated symbol of the old regime during the French Revolution.
Van Dyke, W. S., Hunt Stromberg, Claudine West, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda, Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, et al. 2006. Marie Antoinette. US : Turner Entertainment. This classic film starring Norma Shearer gives a Hollywood take on the life of Marie Antoinette with a special focus on the Diamond Necklace Affair, which was left out of the 2006 movie.
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