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Author:  Chanson d'eau [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Literature

Which was Marie Antoinette's favorite book? Did she like reading? Do you know if she has some works of her own?

Author:  Therese [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

She enjoyed novels and dramas, for the most part, although she read historical works as well, especially those by the author David Hume.

Author:  Innocent Antoinette [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

David Hume??!!! Oh wow!!! One of my favourites!!!

Author:  Therese [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

She read his History of England.

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

She also had her own speckled calf-skin covered book of Prévost's Manon Lescaut. She definitely preferred lighter novels to the serious. I love to imagine her settled into her study or private apartments with a good book! :love:

Author:  Therese [ Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:36 pm ]
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Yes indeed. And I believe she liked Les Liaisons Dangereuse as well.

Author:  Ludy [ Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

I read she never got through Hume's History of England, because she had started it only to appeal to the dauphin... I feel reading was not her best hobby. At least, it is what is asserted by many historians, but I can't say how true it is. It seems however that she suffered from concentration problems, added to a strong myopia... The last book she read was Les Voyages du Jeune Anacharsis, which I find moving because it highlights her longing for freedom. Madame Royale also underlined her new taste for religious reading in the Temple.

Author:  Therese [ Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Literature

Ludy wrote:
I read she never got through Hume's History of England, because she had started it only to appeal to the dauphin....


It's a pretty long book-- I doubt that I would be able to get through the whole thing, either. Louis XVI enjoyed it, though.

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