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Maria Antoinette

John S. C. Abbott

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. . .proached her with the same distance and reserve with which he would approach any other young lady who was a visitor at the palace. He never intruded upon the privacy of her apartments, and she was his wife but in name. While all France was filled with the praises of her beauty, and all eyes were enchanted by her graceful demeanor, her husband alone was insensible to her charms. After a few days spent with the rejoicing court, amid the bowers and fountains of Versailles, the nuptial party departed for Paris, and entered the palace of the Tuileries, the scene of future sorrows such as few on earth have ever experienced.

Acclamations of the Parisians.
Maria shows herself to the populace.
She receives their homage.

As Maria, in dazzling beauty, entered Paris, the whole city was in a delirium of pleasure. Triumphal arches greeted her progress. The acclamations of hundreds of thousands filled the air. The journals exhausted the French language in extolling her . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I remind myself that Abbott writing about Antoinette would be as contemporary as a biographer today writing about Jackie Onassis. But, still, I wonder how Marie Antoinette was chosen for the series of books that includes Genghis Khan, Queen Elizabeth I, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Cleopa