Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Marie Antoinette #3
Publication Date: 24th September 2013
Pages: 464
Book Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours & NetGalley

Synopsis: Confessions of Marie Antoinette, the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French queen, blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final days.

Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril.

Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains above all a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen and her family try to flee, and she secretly attempts to arrange their rescue from the clutches of the Revolution, they cannot outrun the dangers encircling them, or escape their shocking fate.

My Thoughts: 
I've had a fascination with Marie Antoinette for years and have loved Juliet Grey's trilogy covering her life with exemplary attention to detail and meticulous research. What made Confessions of Marie Antoinette my favourite of the trilogy was the sense of intimacy and urgency. 

Knowing the history and Marie Antoinette's unfortunate fate didn't lessen the impact, I was astounded by the vividly detailed account of the later years of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Striking detail and intensity combined with sensitivity ensuring a page turning read and my emotional investment throughout. 

History is written by victors so I've always found it refreshing to read authors' accounts of maligned historical figures, bringing objectivity to the exaggeration and lies, humanising those who've been almost demonised and whilst this is historical fiction Juliet Grey doesn't stray far from the facts. 

From the storming of Versailles in 1789, the vehement hatred and violence of the people towards their King and Queen, activities of the revolutionaries, the horror of the Reign of Terror, the appalling treatment of the Royal Family and those deemed Royalist, through to the Monarchs' laughable trials and executions in 1793. Not forgotten however, is the courage and loyalty of many, Marie Antoinette's compassion and dignity and the unconditional love for her children ... to the end. 

Recommend: absolutely - a riveting and emotionally wrenching read!

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18 comments:

  1. Great review Teddyree...it certainly has my interest piqued to try this trilogy

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    1. can't wait to hear what you think Karen!

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  2. But it's gonna be so sad in the end

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    1. lol sorry B, yes history often is and Marie's in particular seemed very unfair and cruel.

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  3. Other from visiting Versailles I don't know much about Marie. I like her old digs though ;)

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    1. We are visiting Versailles next year Stacy and I can't wait to see Marie's estate :)

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  4. I really want to read this series! I have been fascinated by the French Revolution too. She may not have been a wise queen but she didn't deserve what happened to her and I think the press of the day really made her out to be a villain unfairly.

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    1. totally agree Christina, Marie really cared about the people, but it didn't seem to matter what she did, she was still vilified.

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  5. I noted your comment about history being written by the victors. It strikes me that Richard III and Marie Antoinette are probably the most unjustly maligned figures in history.

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  6. I read another book about MA and learned things about her that made her a more sympathetic character. This sounds like a good read too!

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  7. Your comprehensive and excellent review captivated my interest. Wonderful historical. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I saw this book and new by the title I wanted to read it. Your review has me wanting to run out and get it, now knowing it's part of a trilogy I'm more excited to dig in! I've not read anything about Marie Antoinette only know what I learned in school about her.

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  9. this is such a great series about her, can't wait to read this one!

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  10. Your review caught my eye and makes this book one that I would find fascinating. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Definitely want to read this! The excerpt on the author's post was really intense and piqued my interest in her version of Madame Marie Antoinette :) thanks for a good review.

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