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ok i have been wandering around some different Marie-Antoinette communities here on LJ.
I'm reading a book about her actually (i need to stop slacking and finish it but i seem to spend a whole bunch of my time making icons recently). But in almost every community they always have the "let them eat cake" quote. MA never said that. Louis XIV's wife isabella (i think that was her name) had said something along the lines of "let them eat cake". at the time they were trying to get france riled up for the revolution most of what they said was all a bunch of lies and rumors anyway. I know that lies and rumors become "fact" to some people but damn, it just annoys me cus even in the MA movie it does touch on that MA never said let them eat cake.
I wish they could have put more of the good she did in the movie. On MA and Louis' wedding day there was a horrible carriage accident where people were killed MA and Louis donated their allowance for a year for the people who lost family members. She also adopted some of the local peasant children and had them taught with her children and paid for their expenses. She had fund raisers for all kinds of charitable causes, and gave to the less fortunate people. Yes she might have had extravagances in her youth.. she was queen at 19 what 19 year old is that responsible?? but MA actually spent less than Louis' aunts and his brother and sister in law and even Louis himself(since he was helping fund the american revolution).
Ok i realize i am reading a book that is more sympathetic towards MA but Antonia Fraser is known for doing her homework on a subject. While yes i realize it was the 18th century but stuff was recorded.

oh yea another thing that bugs me is that people say MA could have done more for the people of france... well at that time women had no power. If Louis died MA would never have had the throne. if she had no children her brother in law would have been king. Women had no power MA was powerless when it came to ruling France. Queens were there to give their kings heir's, that was pretty much their job.

I will be getting a couple more books about MA and a few about Henry VIII and his reign in England after christmas. I already have a book about Henry's 6 wives and a book about Anne Boleyn that i need to read.i LOVE reading about history.

*stepping off my soapbox now*


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Dec. 17th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
That was some interesting stuffs about MA, thanks for the wee tidbits!
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
np, i was annoyed this morning as i stopped by like 5 different communities and all i saw was "let them eat cake"
things like that keeps the rumors as "truth". U'd think that any pro MA site would be trying to live down the "let them eat cake" crap. Yea it makes for a good story but so many people still hate MA for "bringing down france" when it really had nothing to do with her. She was just an easy target. Honestly she was a scapegoat in a time of change. The revolution as horrible as it was, was needed. Just like the american revolution was needed.
I guess the one thing we can learn from history is nothing stays the same forever. Things are always changing.
One minute people are living the high life then the stock market crashes and those people are now pennyless.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, when you've been doing the reading and research and you know the facts, it is annoying that everyone else seems so oblivious to it! And a pro site should definitely know better!
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
but even her "affair" with the swedish count that was in the movie is supposed to be very untrue (according to the book i am reading)
granted the movie was just INSPIRED by the book there had to be some stuff that is untrue in it, for entertainment value.
but it does annoy me that these people really have no idea about MA yet claim to be "obsessed" about her.
People really need to pick up a book sometimes.
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Loved the movie! :)

Thank you for clearing up that she never said "Let them eat cake" I thought that I read that somewhere that she didn't actually say it.

And I agree that Marie was alot more that what they gave her credit for.

You go girl and read that history! :) I love history!
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
i loved the movie too, i loved how it looked it was just beautiful. like total eye candy. and i loved the soundtrack so much i bought it.

yes it's so sad that MA gets such a bad rap... even today. People really need to learn more about her and maybe if history books were more correct we all wouldn't be taught "let them eat cake"

OMG i so love history. when i bought the henry VIII wives book the Anne Boleyn book and the marie antoinette book the sales girl asked me if i was writing a paper lol i was like no this is my "for fun" reading
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