The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette: Princess Of Versailles, Austria-france, 1769
- 236 pages
- Some black and white pictures
- Hardback book
- Number of Pages: 240
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Maria Antonia of Vienna has her whole life mapped out ahead of her. But she dreads both new roles. As his wife, she will be called Marie Antoinette, and will be the highest princess of France. Upon the death of the King, she will become Queen Marie Antoinette. I am not yet ready to turn out to be a dauphine, let alone Queen, she writes She is to marry Dauphin Louis Auguste, eldest grandson of King Louis XV. I am just thirteen.
"I appear up now into the oval mirror and see barely a trace in the mud-splattered girl tearing by way of the woodland on her horse, or the barefoot girl wading at Schonbrunn. Majestic. I have turn into what Mama set out for me to be."A Dauphine and sooner or later a Queen.
So writes the headstrong 13-year-old Maria Antonia--future Queen of France--in her diary on October 23, 1769. Arranged marriages were typical in that day and age--as the Empress Theresa (with the Holy Roman Empire of the Germanic Nations) sought to consolidate energy among nations by marrying off her young children. Thus, the future of Austria and France falls upon Maria Antonia's young shoulders. In this engrossing addition towards the Royal Diaries series (Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile) , Kathryn Lasky invents a diary of the young Marie Antoinette in 1769--the year she is to be married off to Dauphin Louis Auguste, eldest grandson of the French king Louis XV.
To prepare her for this awesome responsibility, she must be trained to write, read, speak French, dress, act. even breathe. Fortunately, her story is given plenty of context with an epilogue describing the history of the young Queen after 1769, a historical note offering an 18th-century context, a Habsburg-Bourbon family tree, and a quantity of portraits from the royal family. Things get even much more grim as she is shipped off towards the court of Versailles and introduced to her puffy, awkward future husband and confronted utilizing the court's ridiculous customs. Marie--an opinionated and insightful young woman--mocks the court of"impeccable etiquette and manners"that tends to make up nasty rhymes about those they hate, but panics when her hair is mussed. (Ages 9 to 13) --Karin Snelson Lasky has completed a superb job of creating a very human character within the young Marie Antoinette--one whom young readers will want to understand far much far more about.
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