Who Was Marie Antoinette?
A young girl who lived a royal life in Austria
A teenager who married the future king of France
A fashionable queen who was convicted of treason
From the palaces of Austria to the mirrored halls of Versailles, Marie Antoinette led a charmed life. She was born into royalty in 1755 and married the future king of France at age 15. By 21 she ascended to the throne and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle of masquerade balls, sky-high wigs, and extravagant food. But her taste for excess ruffled many feathers. The poor people of France blamed Marie Antoinette for their poverty. Her spending helped incite the French Revolution. And after much public outcry, in 1793 she quite literally lost her head because of it. Whether she was blameless or guilty is debatable, but Marie Antoinette remains woven into the fabric of history and popular culture.
Age Level = 5 and up
Book Author = Dana Meachen Rau
Book Material = Paperback
Book Publisher = Penguin Workshop
Book Series = Who Was Series
Copyright = c2015
Grade Level = Elementary