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Was Count Fersen Really Marie Antoinette’s Lover?

He was a skilled Swedish statesman and diplomat. A soldier in the War for the American Independence. A devoted and fervent royalist who faithfully served both the Kings of Sweden and France. An innocent victim murdered by a ferocious mob for a crime he hadn’t committed. Yet, to most people, Axel von Fersen is just

Marie Antoinette Meets Count Fersen

Much has been made about the meeting between the charming Marie Antoinette and the dashing Swede nobleman Axel was Fersen, but, as Antonia Fraser relates in her book “Marie Antoinette: The Journey”, it was all very innocent: On 30 January, Fersen went to the opera ball in Paris, arriving at one o’clock in the morning.