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Marie Antoinette and Her Son   By: (1814-1873)

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Marie Antoinette and Her Son by Luise Mühlbach is a captivating historical novel that delves into one of the most intriguing periods in French history. Mühlbach skillfully brings to life the iconic figure of Marie Antoinette, providing a fresh and intimate perspective on her life, her struggles, and her relationship with her beloved son, Louis-Charles.

Set against the backdrop of the luxurious and opulent court of Versailles, the novel presents a detailed account of Marie Antoinette's journey from an Austrian princess to the Queen of France. Mühlbach seamlessly weaves historical facts with imaginative storytelling, immersing the reader in the glittering court, where political intrigue, royal scandals, and power struggles abound.

What sets this book apart is the emphasis on the relationship between Marie Antoinette and her son. The author portrays the queen as a loving and devoted mother, facing numerous hardships and challenges with unwavering strength. Through Mühlbach's brilliant characterization, the readers witness Marie Antoinette's transformation from a young, naive girl to a confident and resilient woman, fiercely protective of her son.

Moreover, Mühlbach masterfully captures the emotional turmoil faced by Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. The novel vividly portrays her suffering, as she witnesses the disintegration of her royal family, the fall of the monarchy, and the heartbreaking separation from her son. The author explores the depth of the queen's despair and her unwavering spirit, even in the face of incredible adversity.

The writing style is elegant and evocative, transporting the reader to the lavish world of 18th-century France. Mühlbach's descriptions of the exquisite costumes, extravagant parties, and intricate court etiquette paint a captivating picture of the period. The author's attention to detail is commendable, making the reader feel fully immersed in the narrative.

However, it's worth mentioning that Mühlbach's portrayal of Marie Antoinette is somewhat idealized. While the queen is undoubtedly a sympathetically drawn character, the novel does not delve too deeply into her flaws or personal shortcomings, portraying her as a victim of circumstance. Some readers may prefer a more balanced depiction of historical figures, which might have added depth to the story.

Overall, Marie Antoinette and Her Son is an engaging historical novel that offers an intimate and poignant portrayal of one of history's most fascinating figures. Luise Mühlbach's vivid storytelling, coupled with her meticulous attention to historical accuracy, makes for an absorbing and enjoyable read. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply appreciate a well-crafted tale, this book will transport you to a world of intrigue, glamour, and tragedy.

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by Louise Muhlbach




It was the 13th of August, 1785. The queen, Marie Antoinette, had at last yielded to the requests and protestations of her dear subjects. She had left her fair Versailles and loved Trianon for one day, and had gone to Paris, in order to exhibit herself and the young prince whom she had borne to the king and the country on the 25th of March, and to receive in the cathedral of Notre Dame the blessing of the clergy and the good wishes of the Parisians.

She had had an enthusiastic reception, this beautiful and much loved queen, Marie Antoinette. She had driven into Paris in an open carriage, in company with her three children, and every one who recognized her had greeted her with a cheerful huzzah, and followed her on the long road to Notre Dame, at whose door the prominent clergy awaited her, the cardinal, Prince Louis de Rohan, at their head, to introduce her to the house of the King of all kings.

Marie Antoinette was alone; only the governess of the children, the Duchess de Polignac, sat opposite her, upon the back seat of the carriage, and by her side the Norman nurse, in her charming variegated district costume, cradling in her arms Louis Charles, the young Duke of Normandy. By her side, in the front part of the carriage, sat her other two children Therese, the princess royal, the first born daughter, and the dauphin Louis, the presumptive heir of the much loved King Louis the Sixteenth... Continue reading book >>

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