Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gilded Sculpture in the Queen's Theater

A view of the sculpture work in the theater of Marie Antoinette at the Petit Trianon.

[credit: © EPV / Thomas Garnier, via Chateau de Versailles]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hyacinths at the Trianon

Two views of the currently blooming hyacinths in the gardens of the Trianon.

[credit: © EPV / Didier Saulnier, via Chateau de Versailles]

[credit: © EPV / Didier Saulnier, via Chateau de Versailles]

Friday, March 31, 2017

9 Non-Fiction Books about Marie Antoinette by Women Authors




Marie Antoinette has been the subject of fascination for historians and other writers for more than 200 years, and this fascination has resulted in an abundance of non-fiction books; from traditional biographies to selective focuses on Marie Antoinette's legacy and everything in between. To round out this year's Women's History Month, I'd like to share 9 non-fiction books written about Marie Antoinette by women authors.

Marie Antoinette: The Tragic Queen by Dorothy Moulton Mayer

Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

The Wicked Queen: The Origins of the Myth of Marie Antoinette by Chantal Thomas

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France by Évelyne Lever

Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars: Her Life, Her Times, Her Legacy by Elena Maria Vidal

The Indomitable Marie Antoinette by Simone Bertière

Marie Antoinette: An Intimate History by Melanie Clegg

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Carolyn Weber

A Day With Marie Antoinette by Hélène Delalex

Thursday, March 23, 2017

9 Fiction Novels about Marie Antoinette By Women Authors




Marie Antoinette's life has been a popular choice for fiction writers since her death in 1793, and her enigmatic story has been a particular source of inspiration for women writers who have crafted everything from children's novels to sprawling epics derived from Marie Antoinette's rise and fall as the queen of France. The following are 9 fictional novels by women authors who were inspired to write about Marie Antoinette's tumultuous life and death.

Trianon: A Novel of Royal France by Elena Maria Vidal

Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas

Marie Antoinette Trilogy by Juliet Grey

Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Versailles: A Novel by Kathryn Davis

Flaunting, Extravagant Queen
by Jean Plaidy

The Secret Diary of a Princess
by Melanie Clegg

The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Self-Portrait by Marie-Geneviève Bouliard



A self-portrait by Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (1763-1825). Very little is known about Bouliard's personal life. She was the daughter of a tailor and studied under Joseph Siffrein Duplessis. In 1791, she won the prize of encouragement at the Salon; that year, non-academics were exceptionally allowed to exhibit at the Louvre, which gave Bouilard the opportunity to display her work. She was very active during the years of the revolution, becoming known for her portrait work.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

9 Biographies About Women in the French Revolution



Many women made a mark during the French Revolution; for some, that mark culminated in their death on the scaffold, and for others it defined the rest of their lives as they attempted to navigate a changing France and a changing Europe. The following are 9 biographies about women who made a mark in the French Revolution--some new, some old, and hopefully all will help you find out more about some of the women made famous, or infamous, during the revolution.

Madame de Lamballe by Georges Bertin

Women's Rights and the French Revolution: A Biography of Olympe de Gouges by Sophie Mousset

Madame Du Barry by H. Noel Williams

Theroigne De Mericourt: A Melancholic Woman During the French Revolution by Elisabeth Roudinesco

Madame Roland by John S.C. Abbott

The Celebrated Madame Campan by Violette M. Montagu

Charlotte Corday by Jeannette Van Alstine (Mrs. R.K. Van Alstine)

Marie Antoinette: The Tragic Queen by Dorothy Moulton Mayer

Madame Tallien by Louis Gastine


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7 Books about Women and the French Revolution



From royalty to seamstresses to prominent Salon hostesses, women played a significant role in the events and even politics of the French Revolution. I've complied a list of 7 books about women and the French Revolution--if you're looking for biographies, don't fret! That list is coming later on this month.

Compelled to Witness: Women's Memoirs of the French Revolution by Marilyn Yalom (2015 edition; initially published as Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory)

Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution by Sara E. Melzer and Leslie W. Rabine

Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France by Lucy Moore

Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution by Olwen Hufton

The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution by Dominique Godineau and Katherine Streip

Women of the French Revolution by Linda Kelly

Out of the Shadows: Women and Politics in the French Revolution, 1789-95 by Shirley Elson Roessler