Becoming Marie Antoinette

Becoming Marie Antoinette

A Novel

Book - 2011
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This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.

Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother's political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011.
ISBN: 9780345523860
Branch Call Number: GRE
Characteristics: 466 pages ;,20 cm

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falconroom
May 02, 2014

I started this, as I really knew so little about Marie Antoinette aside from movies which have basically used her as a prop to spend vast amounts of time and money on costuming a "spoiled brat" & not much on research to get to the bottom of who she really was. Titled women were a pawn in even this, the dawning of the Age of Reason, to marry off to form political alliances. This book, even tho historical fiction, helps one to better understand how this rather charming young lady was transformed, thru braces on her teeth to French elocution & a French hair stylist, to transform her into the French dauphine (heir to the throne's bride). She is truly a sympathetic character, which is why the sequel comes so much of a surprise.

samdog123 Sep 09, 2013

A good, if sometimes tedious piece of historical fiction about the young Marie Antoinette. Her background and upbringing as a Hapsburg princess enabled her Mother, Empress Maria, to marry her off to the Prince of France--all for political reasons. There is a sequel that I'd like to read since this title ends when Marie and Louis become King and Queen upon the death of Louis the 15th.

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

A nice change from your normal MA book, it focuses on the time before she became queen, exploring her relationship with her mother & siblings.1st book of a series, looking forward to the sequel due out this summer

ehbooklover Jan 14, 2012

I chose to read this book based on the numerous quotes found on the front and back covers, most of which were written by my favourite historical fiction authors. I was not disappointed. This is the first of a trilogy and it focusses on the evolution of Maria Antonia to Marie Antoinette. I can't wait to read the second book due out summer 2012!

LocketLibrarian Nov 15, 2011

Totally not my usual kind of book. Absolutely enthralling!!!

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princess555
Oct 01, 2011

Wow. I didn't expect it to be awesome. But I was always looking forward to reading more of it. The first few pages or so are okay, but once you get a few chapters into it... It sorta sucks you in and you really get into it. I might not be making much sense, but... ;) In other words, I really really liked this book.

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Oct 01, 2011

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