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Which biography do you prefer?
Antonia Fraser 38%  38%  [ 11 ]
Stefan Zweig 14%  14%  [ 4 ]
Carolly Erickson 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Lever Evelyne 10%  10%  [ 3 ]
Haslip Joan 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
André Castelot 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
others 31%  31%  [ 9 ]
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As I said, I don't have a particular preference of the available M-A biographies.
I admit I have a preference for the popular British historian/author Alison Weir.
Ugh, I've been out of the history realm too long!! :(


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I voted other, because my favourite biography is Simone Bertière's book. It is well written, the analyze is very serious, sensible and intelligent, and the author is well documented. I like the other book of this author.

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Tout juste, chère Victoire-Adélaïde ! I read Delorme's biography again, and enjoyed it even more this time ! It's also a very, very good one...

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Indeed Simone Bertière's book is very interesting and complete.
But to my mind the Nolhac's books books are the more interessant by their sources and their anecdotes.

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Desmond Seward's "Marie Antoinette" was the first bio about her that I ever read when I was in 8th grade. (It was the only bio on the queen that my school had) Anyways I bought it off BarnesandNoble.com last week used for 1.99 and with four dolloars shipping it was only five/six something! Anyways the book arrived and its in great ship!

I thought it was quite the buy :P

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Wow!! That is a great deal. I think Desmond Seward's is one of the best. He does not have as many details as others, but his general outlook is very balanced and based on facts, not romance.

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I barely remember which it. Which is so sad...I may remember more and have just mixed up the facts with biographys since....cause I remember liking it. It painted a good portriat of Marie Antoinette.

I like how the cover has her on horseback as a figure of power 8)

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Yes, she was dressed in male attire - a great portrait! It is in the gallery of this forum, I believe.

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One thing I love about MA is even dressed up in her dresses she projects an image of power. She doesn't need to dress "masculine" looking to look strong you know?

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Yes, Rudy, you are so right!

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Tout juste, chère Victoire-Adélaïde ! I read Delorme's biography again, and enjoyed it even more this time ! It's also a very, very good one...



Thank you very much, Pimprenelle, my best supporter on Internet !
Merci Pimprenelle, ma meilleure "fan" sur Internet !
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I am delighted, dear M. Delorme ! :D And be sure it is my pleasure to recommend your excellent biography of Marie Antoinette ! :D

Cordialement vôtre,
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So today at Barnes and Noble I found "Marie Antoinette" by Hilaire Belloc.
I had never heard of it before. It was on the bargain table. I've only read the first chapter so far. Has anyone else read it or heard of it?

Apparently it was first published in 1909

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Yes, it is quite good for placing her story in a historical context. He is a bit hard on her and very hard on Louis, but at least he denies the Fersen affair.

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Yes, it is quite good for placing her story in a historical context. He is a bit hard on her and very hard on Louis, but at least he denies the Fersen affair.

I am enjoying it thus far. I like how he says that "Royal Majesty" was damaged beyond repair with Du Barry's Presentation at court and that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were doomed from there on out.
He was kind of hard on Maria Theresa and her "Training" of Marie Antoinette which I think is good. (or so I think)

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