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I've been looking through many articles and Web sites to find information concerning her "extravagance", and while they all talk of her spendings, I have yet to come across any estimates as to how much she actually spent on adornments such as clothing, cosmetics, and jewelry while in France. (And, even better, an estimate how much this would equal in terms of modern currency.) Can anyone point me in a better direction to find answers to my questions? On a side note, I must say I've been fascinated reading all these posts here which bring to light other aspects of her personality. These little anecdotes of her wit and childlike nature are a pleasure to read.


Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:30 pm
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I know that certain historians like Nolhac or Sapori give details on her expenditure, but I don't know if their books were translated into English... And they don't give all the figures...
The "Archives nationales de France" contain the accounts of the expenditure of Marie-Antointette with regard to clothing, the supplies in any kind, and the expenditure of her house.
But it's difficult to take stock of all these figures, there is much of it.

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Doesn't Evelyne Lever give details too ?

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I believe that Lever gives some figures, but it seems to me that she gives some less than Nolhac or Sapori... Ah... may be in her biography of 1991 she gives an estimate of the total expenditure of Marie-Antoinette and she concludes that Marie-Antoinette is not responsible for the deficit of France, but without specifying from where these figures comes.
It would be necessary that I check. :?
But I know that Nolhac and Sapori give more details on the accounts.

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As far as clothes and fashion are concerned, figures can be found in A. Kuril's memoire. It shows a climax in early eighties and then more economy. But I can't find it right now... for I am exhausted ! Time to go to bed ! :lol: with my teddybear... :lol:

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Sun Nov 05, 2006 10:17 pm
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Yes indeed I also thought of this book of A.KURIL "Les atours de Marie-Antoinette" but as I know that it was not translated... :wink:
But you are right there is many information on the accounts of Marie-Antoinette in this book :D

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And I am tired also :lol:
Tomorrow I work and it is my joy!!! :D

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Pimprenelle wrote:
Doesn't Evelyne Lever give details too ?

i am postive she did.

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