New week, new challenge at Inspiration Avenue, this time the inspiration
who has just returned from Paris. Lucky lady!
When I get around to making my bucket list, a trip to Paris
will be on it, as I've never been there.
Even though there's a wealth of information about Paris
on the internet, how to do a post about a place I have never been?
I've been making bookmarks lately, so I decided to make one
featuring Marie Antoinette, one of my favorite people.
Then the challenge is to make it a concise blog post
about a person with an amazing life and an amazing death.
So much to say about her!
Not an original Parisienne, Marie was born in Austria,
the youngest daughter of Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor,
and Austrian Empress Maria Theresa.
She was promised in marriage as a young girl to the dauphin Louis,
grandson of Louis XV of France.
He ascended the throne in 1774 as Louis XVI.
Their marriage, like so many arranged marriages,
did not get off to a good start but eventually I believe
they worked out their many differences.
Poor Marie. She was accepted at first by the people of France,
but her frivolity and extravagances during terrible times of
poverty and starvation caused growing resentment.
However, even though she was out of touch with the
plight of the poor, she never said, "Let them eat cake."
She was a strong young girl, who had been brought up by a strong mother,
the Empress Maria Theresa, when she arrived in France.
I think she showed tremendous strength to the end.
Responding to the priest who had accompanied her to the
foot of the guillotine, who whispered,
“This is the moment, Madame,
to arm yourself with courage”,
“Courage! I have shown it for years;
think you I shall lose it at the moment
when my sufferings are to end?”
Her unpopularity helped lead to the overthrow of the monarchy
when Parisiennes stormed the Tuileries palace on Aug. 10, 1792,
followed by the establishment of the First French Republic in September.
Marie Antoinette was executed by the guillotine on October 16, 1793.
She was charged with aiding the enemy and inciting civil war.
My bookmark will be making its way to my Etsy shop
since I read all my books on my Kindle nowadays.
Such a shame, cause there's nothing like a good, favorite bookmark!
But speaking of reading, I've read 2 good book about Marie
(I plan to continue reading about her,
if anyone has read a good one, let me know!)
Becoming Marie Antoinette: A Novel
by Juliet Grey
covers the years from age ten in Austria until she
made the journey to France to wed the Dauphin Louis.
Also great: Madame Tussaud
by Michelle Moran.
Madame Tussaud.) Marie Tussaud had her first "salon" in Paris
during the time of the French Revolution, and was requested by
King Louis XVI's sister to give her instruction in making wax models.
So she became close to her and was privy to the doings of the royal family.
Both are novels, but the authors have been careful about facts.
So that's all I have, not nearly enough detail about Marie,
but plenty for a blog post about a bookmark!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and stop by Inspiration Avenue
on Sunday to see the Paris Gallery of challenge results!