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


Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:11 pm
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She enjoyed novels and dramas, for the most part, although she read historical works as well, especially those by the author David Hume.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:31 pm
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David Hume??!!! Oh wow!!! One of my favourites!!!

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:48 pm
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She read his History of England.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:52 pm
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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:

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:30 pm
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Yes indeed. And I believe she liked Les Liaisons Dangereuse as well.

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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.

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Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:23 am
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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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