Thursday, February 21, 2008
Bookshelf: Marie Antoinette
Something a little different for today's Bookshelf theme: a person. Modern historians see Marie Antoinette as a complex woman who, finding herself in (to quote from Queen of Fashion) "...a suffocating realm where a queen was merely a breeder and living symbol of her spouse's glorious reign," used fashion and style as a means towards political power and personal freedom. Shown here: Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser (an excellent biography of the ill-starred queen that reads like a thriller - highly recommended); Queen Of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber; The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette by Marie Boyer (beautiful style book, but hard to find now); The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury (the centuries-old mystery of the fate of Marie Antoinette's son is solved by DNA); Liberty: Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France by Lucy Moore (another side of the story).