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The facts of Marie Antoinette's life are well documented Daughter of the Empress of Austria; marriage to the prince of France; the ill fated Affair of the Necklace tales of excess and infidelity; her flight from Paris; her execution by guillotine Until now the reality about this strong willed compassionate and beautiful woman has proven elusive Madame Campan an accomplice to many of the actions above and here strives to reveal the truth


10 thoughts on “The Private Life of Marie Antoinette

  1. says:

    Nem tão frívola como alguns a julgaram nem tão perfeita como a sua camareira a tenta expor O livro é bastante detalhado até demasiado mas peca por excessiva benevolência fruto da profunda admiração ue Madame Campan dedicava aos seus soberanos


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    Madame Campan was lady in waiting to Marie Antoinette for many years almost to the end As such she had access to her private life but not necessarily to her public life In this book she confines herself to the personal details within her province Don't read this book for the bigger historical events There are better sources for those Read it for the inside views the up close and personal glimpses into the lives of the ueen and her family Read it for its authenticity It is a first hand account by one who was there Madame Campan was biased of course Don't expect a balanced view of the ueen from this book If her bias bothers you you could balance it by reading Madame Roland's version as well This is a very big book and not a uick read But worth reading if the subject matter interests you enough


  3. says:

    It is understandable that Mme Campan would present the view of the nobility and in particular a view of extreme proximity to Marie Antoinette Her reasons for debunking so many of the notorious scandals and derogatory writings about the ueen are honest She seems a good judge of character and she does not completely exonerate Marie Antoinette of all of the complaints against her character and behavior But reading these memories gives a vivid understanding of the constraints of court life of the intrigue and especially of Marie Antoinette's reasons for having her little Trianon and Hameau Read with Stefan Zweig and Antonia Fraser a picture of a woman who was groomed to serve as cement between the Austrian Empire and the French but not particularly well educated emerges to shed light on why L'Autrichienne was disliked uite apart from her individual traits and how she can be reckoned to have gone to the guillotine with admirable grace knowing her role in history


  4. says:

    É realmente um excelente livro História contada por uem a viveu e escrita de uma forma ue prende e não dá vontade de parar de ler Realmente foi um excelente trabalho de recolha de memórias da Madame de Campan e ue apresenta uma Maria Antonieta ue é pena ser tão desconhecida Muito bom


  5. says:

    Vizi opportunamente nascosti dall'autrice e virtù esagerate della Reinese non fosse per l'ordine logico con cui sono proposti eventi aneddoti e fatti della vita di Maria Antonietta presentati con una logica decisamente opinabile sarebbe stata una lettura decisamente più piacevole ma il fatto che il lettore non riesca a seguire il filo del discorso di Madame Campan rende uesto libro un po' sconclusionatoNon è un saggio perchè non ne ha la struttura ma allo stesso tempo non è una narrazione cronologica di episodi della vita della Reine sebbene Madame Campane l'abbia scritto proprio in uesto modo di getto? forse con una riveduta sarebbe sembrato molto meglioPer uanto riguarda i contenuti invece alcuni sono davvero succulenti ma la nostra scrittrice è una donna raffinata e fedele alla Regina che non si sofferma sugli scandaletti da rotocalco neanche un accenno a Fersen uanto piuttosto sulla meticolosa annotazione di gesti ed esperienze come ci si aspetta da una insegnante di buone maniere uale alla fine è diventataLibro esemplificativo di condotta uasi ineccepibile per ammaestrare le sue allieve? Chissà certo è che tra vizi e virtù il volume è decisamente di parte


  6. says:

    Très intéressant à lire pour ceux et celles ui s'intéressent à la dernière reine de France les Mémoires de Mme Campan nous plongent dans le XVIIIe siècle tel u'il a été vécu à Versailles On y mesure le poids des actions ui bâtissaient ou détruisaient une réputation particulièrement lorsu'on se trouvait être une tête couronnée A la fin du livre c'est le contexte de la Révolution u'on apprend à comprendreIl faut cependant garder à l'esprit ue Mme Campan était entièrement dévouée à Louis XVI et à Marie Antoinette ce ui la rend parfois très peu objective comme nous le signale heureusement la préface et les notes de bas de page


  7. says:

    Les Mémoires est une biographie historiue écrit par Madame Campan première femme de chambre de Marie Antoinette Dans ce livre elle retranscrit la vie de la reine depuis le début de son service jusu’en 1792 Ces mémoires se divisent en deux livres La première dévoile la jeunesse de Marie Antoinette jusu’à la veille de la Révolution La seconde inscrit le courage et la maturité de la reine durant la RévolutionLire l'analyse des Mémoires de Madame Campan


  8. says:

    This is a classic must read if you're at all interested in Marie Antoinette Mme Campan was Marie Antoinette's chief maid but was really of a PA for that time She was entrusted by Marie Antoinette with many tasks such as posting secret letters to her beloved Axel von Fersen and others She witnessed what happened behind closed doors in Marie Antoinette's private apartments and no there are no revelations of wild orgies and so on but simply a recount of a woman driven to the end of her tether As a young ueen Marie Antoinette had been a foolish spendthrift and gambler while the people had starved This had earned her the everlasting enmity of the starving peopleShe had also on a few occasions only bullied her husband into dismissing popular ministers and appointing others Her enemies at court were uick to inform the people of these acts and these actions helped turn opinion against herAs Marie Antoinette matured she had become ueen at the age of 18 her naive husband only 19 and finally after 8 years of trying began having babies her mother after 7 years of waiting finally sent her son to France to force Louis to have a snip to remove his too tight foreskin which let him ejaculate and thus impregnate Marie Antoinette she stopped 'bullying' her husband and became respectful of him However that didn't matter the people never forgave or forgot how this hated foreigner had dominated their beloved and saintly king and continued to blame her for every unpopular act by the king And of course Louis XVI never put them right He was never enough of a man to tell the people he was not in favour of losing all his power He was never enough of a husband to stop hiding behind his unpopular wife's apron strings Was this why Marie Antoinette depended so much on her beloved Axel von Fersen? Was Louis XVI on the spectrum?Campan's memoir is a standard work of reference as well as being an engrossing account of the last years and months of Marie Antoinette's reign Campan reveals uite clearly how the king was lying constantly to the people while publicly swearing oaths time after time to uphold their new rights to liberty fraternity and euality Because Louis XVI was so devout the people could not believe that this loving and saintly king would lie under oath to them On the other hand it was easy to believe that the unpopular ueen Marie Antoinette was lying to them besides she was not such a skilled liar as her husband It was easy to believe that the hated Austrian ueen was responsible for inviting the dreaded Austrian and Prussian armies to march on France to restore Louis' absolute monarchyThe revolutionary newspapers loved to discuss the sour expression on Marie Antoinette's face and revelled in revealing how she was trying but not succeeding to look happy with the new waysCampan's Marie Antoinette is a vulnerable Marie Antoinette often on the brink of tears Some critics have complained that this portrayal of Marie Antoinette is inaccurate but I disagree With all the stresses Marie Antoinette was under not least of which was being saddled with a sweet but hopeless husband it is only to be expected that Marie Antoinette would be distressed and near to tears at times That was merely one aspect of Marie AntoinetteI reveal another aspect of Marie Antoinette in Appendix 1 of my book which recounts 20 pages of snippets of her correspondence with the love of her life comte Axel von Fersen in the months before her husband was deposed These fragments reveal an embittered woman desperately fighting to maintain her crown Again this is only an aspect of Marie Antoinette and does not reveal the alluring kind woman who had once die hard revolutionaries risk all to save her lifeBut perhaps the last word should be left to the brave Campan herself who survived horrors when the palace was stormed who wrote at the end of her book If Marie Antoinette had been married to a king who knew his own mind she would have been a wonderful enhancement to the throneA brave and truthful woman and a great read


  9. says:

    Having initially learnt about the French Revolution in school in France I was left with a sanguinary confused mish mash of names and no real clear idea of what people were actually upset with the monarchs for other than existing Madame Campan's account provides an unexpected insight into the background of what started the revolution and reveals a lot of little details that generally get forgotten in history lessons It is definitely interesting to see that the problems of the revolution stem from court intrigue overspilling in an unexpected and stupid way and the account provides a picture of Marie Antoinette that is far sympathetic than the portraits that anybody trying to emphasise the 'good' of the revolution present of her Seeing the royal family and the account of what was going on from a sympathetic perspective provides a very good counterpoint to the usual perspective and allows for the option to actually get to know the individuals involved rather than the ideas that people tried to present in order to justify the revolution The definite uestions you end up with are why exactly was there a need for a revolution and why does anyone think that it was a good thing?Well worth the read and at some point I intend to reread it in French to get the original linguistic nuances that get lost in English