The Bad Queen

The Bad Queen

Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette

Book - 2010
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In eighteenth-century France, Marie-Antoinette rails against the rules of etiquette that govern her life even as she tries to fulfill her greatest obligation, giving birth to the next king, but she finds diversion in spending money on clothing, parties, and gambling despite her family's warnings and the whispers of courtiers.
Publisher: Boston : Harcourt, c2010
ISBN: 9780152063764
Branch Call Number: MEYER
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 22 cm

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Brooke_Nicole
Aug 04, 2016

Very detailed, especially for a historical fiction, so I'm interested in how much content is based on fact and how much had to be imagined. I think Meyer wrote this novel in such a way that you could analyze Marie-Antoinette's flaws that led to her demise, viewing her from how she is generally seen today, while also relating to and sympathizing with her. This book made all too real the dangers of living a life where "ignorance is bliss." Another theme is how poor, seemingly innocent decisions can become so much larger than bargained for.

Really enjoyed this read, not usually a fan of history but this perspective made me rethink that. The book is narrated by Marie - Antoinette and is very entertaining. Looking forward to more books like this.

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primus
May 12, 2012

Marie Antoinette
Before French Revolution

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simplysudor
Jun 03, 2016

beauty is pain

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