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Carabosse Dolls, €600 The Matilda Company, $220.96 Plastickingdom, $36.98 Alice Leverett Originals, $2,250.00 AmyGaines, $6.00 UneekDollDesigns, $60.00 Darvahlous, $4.00 RhondasOriginals, $6.00 Marie Antoinette Barbie® Doll, no longer available Which of these dolls is your favourite? I love the knitted one, it’s so adorable!
Hello everyone, ready for this week’s book reviews? Here we go: How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman It was the greatest scandal of 18th century France. An almost unbelievable story that novelists would have been afraid to write for fear of being accused to be too
Élisabeth Philippine Marie Hélène de France, the younger sister of future King Louis XVI, was born on 3rd May 1764. Her parents, the Dauphin Louis of France and his second wife Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, were devoted to each other and often showed their affection in public, something that was frowned upon at the time. Elisabeth
Madame Elisabeth‘s tranquil and pious life was marred by tragedy in 1787, when her niece Sophie, the youngest daughter of her brother Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, died. The royal couple lost another child in June 1789, the Dauphin Louis-Joseph. They were devastated. Madame Elisabeth tried to comfort the grieving parents, unaware that
In 1773, the Hotel-Dieu, the most ancient hospital in Paris, was burnt down. Marie Antoinette donated money to the sufferers, as she told her mother in a letter: “All the newspapers have spoken of the terrible fire at the Hotel-Dieu. They were obliged to remove the patients into the cathedral and the archbishop’s palace. There
Some people are still disputing the authenticity of Marie Antoinette’s last letter, which she wrote a few hours before her death and addressed to her sister-in-law, Madame Elizabeth. Many historians, during the course of the centuries, believing the letter had really been penned by the unfortunate Queen, have tried to dispell the doubts. One such
Over at Reading Treasure, Anne Gibson recommends seven fictional “Marie Antoinette” books for younger readers. To quote: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky ‘Princess of Versailles,’ first published under Scholastic’s Royal Diaries series, is probably the most popular fictional book about Marie Antoinette aimed at younger readers. ‘Princess of Versailles’ is a fictional
Marie Antoinette (1938) is often touted to be the best movie made about the unfortunate Queen of France. After finally watching it last week, I can see why. Based on the biography by Stefan Zweig, the movie covers the life of Marie Antoinette, from her teen years, when her mother, the Empress Maria Theresa, arranged
Marie Antoinette loved jewels, and often got in trouble for it (even when she refused to purchase them!). During the years, she had amassed a sumptuous collection, most of which was unfortunately lost during the French Revolution. The pieces which Marie Antoinette managed to save with the help of faithful and trusted friends, and some
The Correspondance Secrete, on 9 January 1775, reported the hairdo worn by Marie Antoinette on her sleigh rides: The Queen has invented for her sleigh drives a headgear which combines well with the Ques aco but which brings into fashion a feminine head-dress of a prodigious height. These head-dresses represent high mountains, flowery meadows, silvery