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Author:  princesskelly441 [ Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Let Them Eat Cake

Did Marie Antoinette actually say that quote? According to Wikipedia, that quote was the invention an anti-monarchy newspaper but... I', not sure tht's acurate.

Author:  Lilly [ Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Let Them Eat Cake

Marie Antoinette never uttered those words.

Author:  princesskelly441 [ Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Let Them Eat Cake

Do you know who did?

Author:  Vive [ Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Let Them Eat Cake

Interestingly, throughout the entire French Revolution there is no record of an opponent to the monarchy attributing the quote to Marie Antoinette. This is an unusual case of propaganda about propaganda. The revolutionaries never said she said it, but the false citation has been attributed them nonetheless. What a tangled web this is!

The source is Jean-Jacques Rousseau whose Confessions reported a "great princess" who responded with that notorious quip when she was informed of the peasants' lack of bread. Again, he referenced a 'great princess' and never even cited Antoinette by name. And where his ambiguity gives us reasonable doubt, common sense tells us that she was entirely innocent. Marie Antoinette is exonerated as she was not reigning in France when Rousseau wrote his confessions. She was not a 'great princess' of France at this time and even if she was, no one would have troubled a nine year old girl about the peasant's suffering.

The true guilty party? Maybe there wasn't one and Rousseau was making the story up. Or perhaps it was Louis XIV's wife, or one of Louis XV's daughters. I've seen it attributed to both.

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