Marie-Antoinette: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?
An Austrian archduchess who married the heir to the French throne and was guillotined in Paris in 1793, Marie-Antoinette is one of the most recognizable women in history. She is represented both in splendid portraits by major artists and in scurrilous anonymous caricatures. And she continues to inspire fashions and to spark debate. But who was the real Marie-Antoinette? Was she responsible for bankrupting France? Was she the power behind the throne? Did she plot with the enemies of the nation, as her trial suggested? Was she a libertine with a series of lovers? And did she really say, “Let them eat cake?” These are some of the questions Professor Catriona Seth will answer in her presentation as she seeks to present the woman behind the myths.
Marie-Antoinette : The Journey, by Antonia Fraser
Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen, by John Hardman
Marie-Antoinette, by Stefan Zweig
Discussion Questions :
- Did Marie-Antoinette play an active part in politics?
- What role was there for a French queen?
- How did Marie-Antoinette’s fate influence her posthumous reputation?
Fabulous lecture and lecturer today. Great information about the French court and the revolution.