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Author:  Louis-Antoinette [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:15 am ]
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:D By any chance, and I am terribly sorry if this was mentioned before, is the book Madame Campan, the private life of Marie Antoinette a good book? Does it detail the friendships of her beloved friends, etc?

:arrow: If not, I am looking for a book that details her private life, mostly her inseprables and her husband, do you know any books?

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:14 pm ]
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The memories of Campan are indeed very rich in anecdotes and details on the life of Marie-Antoinette, therfore this book is very interesting to read.
However Campan loved the Queen so much that she's not always objective, and some times she uses hazardous interpretations...
Thus it's necessary to be conscious that all is not true either.

But I advise it because she gives many useful things on the intimate life of Marie-Antoinette :wink:

But other books give us many details on her life, like the memories of the Duchess of tourzel and of course by reading the correspondences of Marie-Antoinette (splendid!) :D

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:48 pm ]
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She loved the queen so much... that she was not that faithful during the revolution ! Afterwards, with the restauration, indeed, she adooorrreed her mistress and shouted everywhere that she, Henriette, had been the best servant that ever has been on earth...

Isn't it amazing ? All those perfect royalists and servants of the martyr king and queen who suddenly apperead with the restauration...

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 5:59 pm ]
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Madame Campan's memoirs are a must read for Antoinette fans as long as one keeps in mind that she sometimes got details confused.

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:03 pm ]
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Pimprenelle wrote :

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Isn't it amazing ? All those perfect royalists and servants of the martyr king and queen who suddenly apperead with the restauration...


Yes it is :D

And the reversal of certain generals saying faithful to Louis XVIII, turning the back to him during the return of Napoleon...

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:08 pm ]
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Yes, and people who had never fought in a battle were suddenly donning uniforms at the Tuileries, all for effect.

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:40 pm ]
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Only dogs are truly faithful, I am afraid... :roll:

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:44 pm ]
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Yes it's really afflicting for the human race...

Marie-Antoinette remained faithful to her ideas and her friends until the end! It's admirable but so logical at the same time :D

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:46 pm ]
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Pimprenelle wrote:
Only dogs are truly faithful, I am afraid... :roll:


Oh, I had a cat once who was quite fond of me, for years and years. :lol: :wink:

I was just reading in Nesta Webster's "Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the Revolution" how Napoleon wrongly attributed to Madame Campan the story that Fersen was the queen's lover, which may have been one of the reasons she was never received at the Tuileries, and felt she had to redeem herself.

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:51 pm ]
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Therese wrote :

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Napoleon wrongly attributed to Madame Campan the story that Fersen was the queen's lover, which may have been one of the reasons she was never received at the Tuileries, and felt she had to redeem herself.


Ah I believed that it was because Campan had opened a school for the education of young children of the empire?

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:56 pm ]
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I heard that, too, L-C, but I never understood why she would be punished for just trying to make a living. Especially since, when in exile in England, Louis XVIII was encouraging nobles to return to France and find a place at Napoleon's court, if they could. Louis XVIII was getting tired of feeding all of the various emigres. So when I saw what Webster wrote, it makes more sense to me.

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:05 pm ]
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Yes indeed it can also explain this rejection of Campan.
But I also believed that it's especially the Duchess of Angoulème, more than Louis XVIII, who rejected Campan.
And as you said may be that Fersen is there for something :D

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:09 pm ]
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That could be, Marie-Therese-Charlotte the Duchesse d'Angouleme was a bit mercurial about whom she received and whom she did not receive.

Author:  Louis-Antoinette [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:54 pm ]
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Is the book very accurate in timelines etc?

Author:  Therese [ Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:59 pm ]
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Yes, more or less.

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