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What Marie Antoinette Was Really Like, According To The People Who Knew Her

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Clueless, spendthrift royal, or martyr to the ancien regime? Saintly mother or selfish Jezebel? Conceptions of Marie Antionette have run the gamut from ruthless slander (especially in her own lifetime) to post-Revolutionary hagiography. The truth, as always, is more complex. Marie Antoinette was probably doing the best she could in the circumstances into which her birth thrust her, and her life was overtaken by events completely beyond her control. She did, for a short time, shine as an emblem of regal grace and as a fashion icon. And she never said, "Let them eat cake."

These firsthand descriptions of Marie Antoinette - contradictory as they sometimes seem to be - help to restore some of the ill-fated queen's humanity. Read on if you want to know her a little better.

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