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1933, 1st Viking Press edition; Garden City Publishing, New York; black and white illustrations; hardbound in cerulean blue boards with crest embossed on cover and silver lettering on spine (some fading); deckled (rough-cut) format of page edges; good condition of pages; cover has minor bumps and fraying (see pics); no dust jacket.

 

Description -

The Viking Press published the first English-language edition, translated by Eden and Cedar Paul, in 1933. The book was the basis for the 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, Marie Antoinette, starring Norma Shearer.

 

Marie Antoinette -

Marie Antoinette (/ˌæntwəˈnɛt, ˌɒ̃twə-/; French: [maʁi ɑ̃twanɛt]; born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna; 2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793) was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was born an Archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.

 

In May 1770, upon her marriage at the age of 14 to Louis-Auguste, heir apparent to the French throne, she became Dauphine of France. On 10 May 1774, when her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI, she assumed the title Queen of France and Navarre, which she held until September 1791, when, as the French Revolution proceeded, she became Queen of the French, a title she held until 21 September 1792.

 

After eight years of marriage, Marie Antoinette gave birth to a daughter, Marie Thérèse, the first of her four children. Despite her initial popularity, a growing number of the population eventually came to dislike her, accusing her of being profligate, promiscuous, and of harboring sympathies for France's enemies, particularly her native Austria. The Affair of the Diamond Necklace damaged her reputation further. During the Revolution, she became known as Madame Déficit because the country's financial crisis was blamed on her lavish spending and her opposition to the social and financial reforms of Turgot and Necker.

 

During the Revolution, after the government had placed the royal family under house arrest in the Tuileries Palace in October 1789, several events linked to Marie Antoinette, in particular the June 1791 attempted flight to Varennes and her role in the War of the First Coalition, had disastrous effects on French popular opinion. On 10 August 1792, the attack on the Tuileries forced the royal family to take refuge at the Assembly, and on 13 August the family was imprisoned in the Temple. On 21 September 1792, the monarchy was abolished. After a two-day trial began on 14 October 1793, Marie Antoinette was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed by guillotine on the Place de la Révolution on 16 October 1793.

Marie Antoinette, The Portrait of an Average Woman by Stefan Zweig

SKU: BS43y
$28.00Price