Its good for people who know nothing about her and want to learn. I thought this was a very well written and interesting biography of one of the most famous women in history. Things I learned from this book: 1 King Louis had a medical condition known as phimosis that made is excruciatingly painful to ejaculate. Married to the maladroit, ill-mannered Dauphin, Antoinette found pleasure in costly entertainments and garments. It required a painful surgery to correct, and it was until 7 years into their marriage he finally opted for this surgery.
One definite asset that this biography possesses is that one does not need much prior information about the Revolution to understand it. The City of Light has a bloody and violent history that is presented here and makes this book a must read. The only downside is that this book is rather dated now I read in 2017 , and new scholarship has arisen that contradicts some of Erickson's claims - so be mindful of that while reading. It highlighted not only their weaknesses and shortcomings, but their strengths and humanity. As it was, one of the carriages broke down, and had to be repaired delaying the party. This is the only book I've had this happen with. I especially liked the beginning of the book.
Married to the maladroit, ill-mannered Dauphin, Antoinette found pleasure in costly entertainments and garments. But in doing so, she went, in the view of the French peasants and nobility, from being the French queen to an Austrian bitch-whore. She was originally named Maria Antonia Josephina and her mother was a hardworking, reasonable and intelligent person. And her antics helped France nothing and invested in its future not a damn thing. In fact when they did decide to flee, they would have made it to safety had the carriages Marie Antoinette had chosen been less luxurious in nature and more hardy in nature.
It tells you everything you need to know without feeling like a high school text-book. And the Kings who was to do that was not an effective or good king at all. It focused much more on her childhood than anything else. The bequest of the French Revolution was the widespread crybaby mentality that some rich person somewhere is obligated to meet my needs in life, in other words three-estates business as usual. A book that has been read but is in good condition. She spent lavishly while her overtaxed and increasingly hostile subjects blamed her for France's plight. And the Kings who was to do that was not an effective or good king at all.
Marie Antoinette and Louise became the scape goats of all that was desperately wrong with France. In To the Scaffold, Carolly Erickson provides an estimation of a lost Queen that is psychologically acute, richly detailed, and deeply moving. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. The story begins with the wedding in Chicago of Jurgis to fifteen year old Ona Lukoszaite, a fellow immigrant. It required a painful surgery to correct, and it was until 7 years into their marriage he finally opted for this surgery. It doesn't read like fiction, bu This is a good crash course on the life of Marie Antoinette and the circumstances that led to her death.
Chapter two details the life of Jurgis and Ona when they were still in Lithuania. Her writing is gentle, so observant, meticulous, and beautiful, as though she sees and captures beauty and mystery and intrigue and even sorrow and misery beneath the fabric of a royal monarchy, that most of us miss. An excellent account of the life of Marie Antoinette and King Louis. Insane how many words I had to look up in this book, a heavy read. There is an odd emphasis on reproductive lore, from Louis's reluctant operation to correct a defective penis that prevented his consummating his marriage, to the queen's giving birth before so many spectators that her life was endangered. History 371 20 September The Jungle Part One: Summary of the Novel The book tells the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian who migrated tothe United States, hoping to fulfill his dreams for a better life.
Married to the maladroit, ill-mannered Dauphin, Antoinette found pleasure in costly entertainments and garments. This biography was also enjoyable to read because of the numerous and sometimes amusing quotations used, as well as the in-depth account of Antoinette's last days. His incessant preoccupation with Madam Du Barry who was not a lady. In fact the more in debt someone was, the richer they were considered to be. The only noticeable fault that I foun One definite asset that this biography possesses is that one does not need much prior information about the Revolution to understand it. Whenever she appeared in public, she was assailed by insults from the public.
In To the Scaffold, Carolly Erickson provides an estimation of a lost Queen that is psychologically acute, richly detailed, and deeply moving. Economies and social organizations don't just disappear overnight, they stagger through a long-winded death. I felt amazing sympathy for this historical figure. Antoinette pressed the king to try to escape France along with their children, but they were discovered and returned to Paris. Her novel The Tsarina's Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her case was to be heard by the jury, not by national legislature Kilgore-Mueller 2008, 74-75.
Erickson, like any author of Marie Antoinette does spend time speculating on the relationship between the Queen and the Swedish officer, Axel von Fersen, it is not blown out of proportion. The thing that struck me most during my reading of this book, were the many parallels that can be drawn from that day to our own. It smelled so fetid in the palace that Marie Antoinette kept dozens of fresh cut flowers in her quarters in an attempt to mask the odor. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. In time Antoinette matured into a courageous Queen, and when their enemies finally closed in, Antoinette followed her inept husband to the guillotine in one last act of bravery. At times, I felt the author wanted the reader to be more sympathetic than the circumstances called for. It has been interesting to read early American history books with the memory of this book.