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Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow ❮Download❯ ✤ Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow Author Juliet Grey – A captivating novel of rich spectacle and royal scandal Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette France’s most legendary and notorious ueenParis 1 A captivating novel of rich Splendor, Days Epub µ spectacle and royal scandal Days of Splendor Days of Days of PDF or Sorrow spans fifteen years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette France’s most legendary and of Splendor, Days eBook ´ notorious ueenParis At the tender age of eighteen Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne alongside her husband Louis XVI But behind the extravagance of the young ueen’s elaborate silk gowns and dizzyingly high coiffures she harbors deeper fears for her future and that of the Bourbon dynastyFrom the early growing pains of marriage to the joy of conceiving a child from her passion for Swedish military attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace Marie Antoinette tries to rise above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her But as revolution blossoms in America a much larger threat looms beyond the gilded gates of Versailles—one that could sweep away the French monarchy forever.

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow
  • Juliet Grey
  • English
  • 09 March 2015
  • 9780345523884

About the Author: Juliet Grey

Juliet Grey has extensively researched Splendor, Days Epub µ European royal history and is a particular devotee of Days of PDF or Marie Antoinette She and her husband divide their time between New York City and Washington of Splendor, Days eBook ´ DC.

10 thoughts on “Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

  1. Jane Jane says:

    Where I got the book purchased from author SignedI was pretty enthusiastic about the first book in this series Becoming Marie Antoinette so I'm kind of sorry to report I didn't like this one nearly as much Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow covers the story of Marie Antoinette from the first days of Louis XVI's reign to the beginning of the French Revolution so from 1774 to 1789Except that it didn't stick to just Marie Antoinette I think my problem with Days by contrast to Becoming is that the latter was a fairly intimate portrait of Marie Antoinette's life and how she coped with marrying into a strange country while Days has the ambitious aim of extending the reader's understanding to the political events of the day The author evidently did a huge amount of research for this book and succumbed to the temptation of using itYes yes it's the HF author's dilemma you're damned if you do use your research and if you don't some readers are going to say you didn't do it There's an extremely fine line to walk with respect to supplying just enough flavor of what's going on to keep the reader anchored in history but not overdoing it In Becoming it was the imagined interpersonal dynamics I enjoyed the most I'm not sure whether the interspersed letters were real or imagined but I thought they added enough weight to the story as it was I wanted of the same and didn't get enough of itI'm the sort of HF reader who would rather dig into a history book than a novel to get at the facts What I look for in historical fiction is the imagined interior and exterior world of the character I want to be there; I want the setting to be as accurate as possible but I don't need to read too much about it; I want to feel what the character must have felt The stuff that history books generally leave out In Becoming Grey satisfied this reuirement whereas in Days I felt as if Marie Antoinette was sitting there telling me this happened and then this happened and I just want to ask her but how did you FEEL? For example in her author's note Grey suggests that Marie Antoinette's pleasure seeking behavior during the early days of the monarchy her excessive gambling and expenditure on clothes and décor was due to the fact that her deepest needs a true marriage and children were not being fulfilled That's a reasonable suggestion But the story concentrates on the externals how much was wagered what was lost what was purchased and so on It's nicely put together as a fictional account dialogue and setting are well done but I can't help feeling that we're seeing the surface of the story rather than the depthAnother problem that developed as I read into the novel was that the point of view which at the beginning is firmly in Marie Antoinette's head as it was if I remember rightly all through Becoming starts shifting around first jumping out just for a while into someone else's head and then by the end of the book resembling and that of an omniscient narrator For example Beneath the gilded medieval vaulting a crush of perspiring and over perfumed spectators sat brocaded elbow to elbow on the benches in the two galleries of the Palais de Justice's Grand Chambre Even the worst seats were being sold for astronomical sums and on any day a lucky man might make his fortune by retailing his privilege to sit on an unforgiving bench for nine hours to a soul even desperate for sensationalism The preliminary investigation had been conducted in secret with the lawyers' fictionalized trial briefs the only way for the public to learn what was transpiring behind the walls of the Palais de JusticeDo you hear the voice of Marie Antoinette here or that of the author?I hope I've done a reasonable job describing what I think went wrong Of course every reader's reuirements from fiction are different and if I'd approached this book as a standalone I might have reacted differently But the first book created an expectation in me for the second that wasn't really met

  2. Christy English Christy English says:

    DAYS OF SPLENDOR DAYS OF SORROW tells the story of Marie Antoinette’s time as ueen of France In this novel Marie Antoinette works hard to advise her husband as wisely as she can reaching for the reigns of power only to have Louis slap her hands away She comes from Austria where her mother co rules an empire with her eldest brother Emperor Joseph and Marie Antoinette thinks that she should have at least an advisory role with her husband the king But she is not in Austria The ueens of France have no power of their own and only one role to bear a son for the kingdomForced out of the corridors of power Marie Antoinette begins her reign over a court of pleasure seekers throwing masues gambling all night decorating palaces and performing in private plays The worst of her detractors attack her for her spending even as the debts of foreign wars mount But in spite of their mistakes Louis and Marie Antoinette care for their people They are kept out of touch with what is going on in the countryside divided from their populace by factions at court by their enemies by their own mistakesCaught up in a whirlpool she can not control Marie Antoinette watches as Revolutionary ideas take hold not knowing where it will leadThis is a beautiful novel that opened the gilded gates of Versailles for me More importantly it opened the gates of Marie Antoinette’s soul This novel lifts the mask of the ueen so that we may catch a glimpse of who this woman was her foibles and flaws and well as her kindness her softhearted compassion and her devotion to her children Juliet Grey has crafted a fine novel which reveals a living breathing woman of flesh and blood who speaks from the page and tells us who she was There is to the human soul than we can often see and there is to Marie Antoinette than is often spoken of Juliet Grey lifts the veil and shows us all that lies behind it A vibrant novel that illustrates the blindness of politics and tradition which comes to feel like the inevitability of fate

  3. Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews) says:

    Read This Review More Like It On My BlogDon't miss the interview and GIVEAWAY going on at my blog Another solidly impressive journey into the life of Marie Antoinette Grey again proves with her second novel in a planned trilogy that she is a skilled writer able to evoke time place and characters with eual vivacity Beginning two weeks after the first novel Becoming Marie Antoinette ended Grey immediately relaunches herself and the reader into an opulent turbulent world with her title character prominent than ever in French society In this detailed rich novel full of eye popping descriptions of everything from le Petite Trianon to the poufs that adorn Marie's head both the narrative and the letters from the ueen to her family at home in Austria all serve to form a comprehensive picture of life in Louis XIV's France Formerly the Dauphine transitioning now into the role of the ueen of France Marie finds herself with prestige but little actual power Iconic but politically impotent bereft of the love and attention she desperately craves Grey provides ample reasons that actually work for the reasons behind the monarch's spendthrift ways Much like the evolution she underwent in the first book this well rendered version of Marie Antoinette is far from stagnant but makes choices for good or ill that will drastically affect the people and country she governs The Marie so carefully cultivated by the author is much than the villianess that most of history remembers her as Spoiled yes A glutton for fine things? Yes But evil intent on harming the common folk and abusing them? No The vivid woman shown here in Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow is a mature intelligent version of the girl she used to be and Grey takes care to paint her protagonist as realistically as possible For all that ueen Marie is remembered and vilified as a one sided caricature of vice selfishness and greed Grey shows a multitude of other facets of her personality Kind lonely funny maternal the author is deft in her portrayal in all the facets of this fascinating woman from the good to the bad Her Marie Antoinette is always not wholly sympathetic For what is money with happiness at stake? but she is often understandable in her opinions and attitudes With her well meaning but often oblivious husband Louis balancing an already taxed treasury with the wants demands and rights of the people he rules by divine right Marie and her coterie of noble ladies find themselves skewered by cartoonists and resented for the life of grand palaces and sumptuous gowns they use once and discard despite the ueen's good intentionsLouis plays a larger role in the second novel than he did in the first; the King is much directly involved with the plotline of this novel than the previous More peripheral in the introduction of the series here in part two now married and reigning as King this Louis indulges his wife's flights of fancy and spending as a concession to make up for the lack of intimacy and input he offers her in their private life With the ueens of France traditionally have prestige but no real governing power Louis is very Gallic and rigid in his role a devoted adherent to the traditions his wife so dislikes Louis is a good foil for his spendthrift femme; often shown trying to reign in the out of control treasury his royal brother's profligate attitudes about women and coin to little or no avail He is not developed as Marie but he is shown in realistic views and Grey even tries to rectify his reasons for a lack of a royal heir for seven years after marriage with a possible plausible medical condition His unknown? rival for Marie's affections in the Swedish Count of Axel von Fersen adds even intensity and tension to a novel thick with conflict Though there is a love triangle of sorts in Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow Juliet Grey is able to pull it off with aplomb without making it halt the plot's momentum or the characters involved tiresome Each man appeals to a different side of the complicated ueen and though she may be her father's daughter than she thought to be Marie's attractions to both came off as authentic as did her actionsFor the most part I thought that first person POV was an excellent choice to showcase the plot and varied characters of this story It allows for a closer view of Marie and how she works internally and reading Marie's well intentioned inner monologue helps to firmly create the three dimensional version of the character It is easy for feel for the entitled ueen even as she haplessly carries herself and her friends toward a grisly end With factions all around her vying for favor Polignac vs Lamballe etc even among her dearest friends Marie Antoinette is a commodity a property to be used and controlled for position power and money Her narration helps humanize her and separate this version from the historical as even her own family in law undermines her with the people The only places the narrative stumbled for me were the thankfully rare occasions that abruptly jumped to third person narration like Emperor Joseph's meeting with du Barry or Jeanne de Lamotte's cunning deception of the Grand Almoner Rohan A nice flow and even pacing across long periods of time coincide with the well chosen point of view and all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable eminently readable historical fiction novelJuliet Grey ably paints a vivid frenzied look at Marie's troubled occasionally vapid existence of self interest and whim Between the constraint of etiuette steeped in outlandish traditions and little privacy that she found so oppressive and Marie's subseuent alienation of certain powerful nobles and with the French monarchy supported American Revolution giving the French people new ideas wants and seeding deep doubts about the right of divine rule the foreshadowing is subtly woven into the novel and reminds readers of the royal family's ultimate fate while still leaving them wanting A fully realized scenario of the French country and economy as it stood in Louis XIV's reign the atmosphere of Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow grows ever bleaker and ominous with her chapter It's a hard to put down book but one that is easy to involve yourself with the goings on even as that fateful day in October looms ever closerJuliet Grey delivers a solid engrossing completely entertaining seuel One that is filled with fleshed out versions of the historical personages known so well even into the modern age Not mere stereotypes or villains but real plausible renderings of people who have left a mark on history What Becoming Marie Antoinette started Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow ably continues a tradition of well written thoroughly detailed engrossing historical fiction novels centered on one of the most interesting times and people in history I personally cannot wait to see how this talented author will chose to recreate the last years of Marie Antoinette's life and the fall of the Bourbon dynasty to the French Revolution with the trilogy's conclusion The Last October Sky

  4. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I’ve always been intrigued with Marie Antoinette she was such a complex women I wanted to shake her at one moment then hug her the next She bore a tremendous amount on her shoulders and yet at the same time made very bad decisions Out of all the books I’ve read about her I would say that I have really enjoyed Juliet Grey’s two novels Becoming Marie Antoinette and Day’s of Splendor Day’s of Sorrow the most But keep in mind this is Historical Fiction but I believe Grey stayed true to the events in this story Marie and Louis have ascended to the French throne and they have yet to consummate their marriage Meanwhile Marie began to fall out of favour with the French people such as the royals as the gossip and propaganda about her outrageous and extravagant spending was well knownShe was spending than her allowance had allowed and was in considerable debt But that did not stop her as she continued to spend money on jewels gowns and running up gambling debts among her peers Even after her mother and brother’s warning and advice she could not see what she was doing was wrong and couldn’t see that it would cause serious trouble for her and her husband Marie was also under considerable stress to produce an heir for France and Louis suffered from a physical deformity it seems and finally after almost seven years of without consummating their marriage he underwent a procedure and they were finally able too Soon after they had their first child a daughter Louis and Marie loved their children and I felt such sadness knowing what was to come Louis troubled me at the end of this book It’s like he couldn’t fully comprehend the magnitude of their situation and I think he felt that the French people would not turn on their King I enjoyed the pace of the story and Juliet Grey’s style of writing appeals to meThe book is written in beautiful detail and one can tell that Grey did an extensive research for her novel There are so many aspects to this story and I was enthralled with every part but I would like the reader to find out for themselves by reading this novel I highly recommend that you do StephanieLayered Pageswwwlayeredpagesblogspotcom

  5. Brenna Brenna says:

    I would give it 35 stars The beginning and the end were very interesting and made for easy reading However most of the middle portion was a little too far fetched and exaggerated Marie Antionette was uite annoying during the marjority of her reign However she really showed maturity once she bore her first child

  6. Teipu Teipu says:

    Between 3 and 4 starsGreys writing style is nice but Marie Antoinette isn't a very likeable person very self absorbed and she seems very stupid tbh of course I knew were this was heading but I found myself hoping that Antoinette would suddenly change become level headed and somehow evade her faith I really want to read some non fiction about the French Revolution now

  7. Lucy Lucy says:

    This second book of Juliet Grey’s Marie Antoinette trilogy exceeded by far all my expectations In the author’s first book Becoming Marie Antoinette we read about Antonia and how she at a very young age becomes ueen of France a most delightful read from beginning to end So much so that I named it my favourite read of 2011 So how was Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow going to compare or better yet; give me to get excited about?Detailed to perfection at what is now customary Juliet Grey style Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow does not disappoint Marie Antoinette blossoms into her own woman going through many peeling and riveting stages Her life is initially filled with the border line obsession of finally consummating her marriage for the ultimate goal of bearing an heir to the French throne Infinitely troubled by this freakish circumstance for several unbearable years ultimately due to the couple’s ingenuousness and failure to seek proper medical intervention Marie Antoinette desperately needed a diversion Young and carefree but nonetheless suffocating behind those palace walls Marie Antoinette chose to keep a close knit entourage to help alleviate her sadness She enjoyed her late card games her fashion her theatre and her beloved Petit Trianon where she could be herself Her every move at court though was hence discriminated Finally through motherhood and an heir to the throne –Marie Antoinette thought she had finally achieved happiness and won the love of her peoplehmmm Louis and Marie Antoinette shared a uniue bond but apparently another highly regarded male friend Axel von Fersen also held a special place in Marie Antoinette’s heart Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow is Marie Antoinettes’ rise to womanhood through splendor carefree times love friendship motherhood but along with that followed worries hurt tragedies defamation betrayals remorse and as well a rise to maturity I think what I love most about this novel is precisely the way Marie Antoinette is portrayed Juliet Grey does not create an untouchable pure Marie Antoinette nor does she follow those who have much maligned her in history In this novel Marie Antoinette encompasses the roles of ueen wife mother lover and friend in their purest form; told as is without pretensionMy favourite part of the book was definitely the necklace affair So much has been written on this topic already yet in this novel it is told in even greater depth almost like a minute by minute retelling of the facts the story flowing with flawless elements and way information than I have ever read before Incredibly interestingEvery little detail in this book is delectable and I savoured it thoroughly Written in good taste nothing is amiss and everything is possible A work of fiction yet written with such precise historical details Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow is much than just another Marie Antoinette story I can't wait for the next and final book of this amazing trilogy Excellent

  8. Karen Stinneford Karen Stinneford says:

    I read this book because I thoroughly enjoyed its preuel Becoming Marie Antoinette THAT book offered great insight into the thoughts of a young girl whose life was not her own whose birthright belonged to the state and who had to completely make herself over to meet ridiculous standards set by the country and rulers to which she would devote herself Reading about 18th century orthodontists made me thank my lucky stars for modern medicineTHAT book was revealing and interesting THIS book however was in short a trudge Never the sharpest knife in Marie Therese of Austria's drawer of children Marie Antoinette found herself irrelevant and bored in France Confined to a taxing code of court etiuette she found little to do except decorate herself and the environment around her When the country's finances fell apart and she and her husband Louis XVI were confronted with the need to change she was completely incapable of doing so She lacked the mental and emotional resources to think outside her little boxThis book ends with the storming of the Bastille which means the royal family's attempt to flee the country and Marie Antoinette's trial and execution have been saved for the third book Which I cannot read Watching one of the original dumb blondes grapple with the life and death conseuences of royal action inaction really is than I can bear

  9. Angie Angie says:

    I would give this book 35 stars if I couldI have done extensive reading on Marie Antointette though it was several years ago and found her such an enticing person to read about I bonded somehow with her persona in the books I previously read I recently had the good fortune to visit Versailles and so my obsession with her has reawakened When I saw this new book about her I was so excited to read it I found out later that it is bk#2 of the trilogy I think because of the uality of the books I have read previously I knew her life story uite well This book detailed it correctly but for me wasn't presented in such a way as to excite me or give me anything new I hate to say it but I was a bit bored by the book For someone who has never read about her this is a good choice But for me I found it lacking somewhat I would recommend to Marie Antoinette first timers I would also recommend ueen's Confession by Victoria Holt It might be hard to find a copy of but it's worth the trouble

  10. Glen Stott Glen Stott says:

    This is the seuel to “Becoming Marie Antoinette” As the story continues Louis XV dies and a large funeral is held Then Louis XVI becomes King and Marie Antoinette is ueen The King gives Marie a little Chalet on the palace grounds that Louis XV built for Madame du Barry his mistress Marie spends a small fortune redecorating it Still her marriage to Louis XVI has not been consummated The doctors say a circumcision would alleviate the King’s problem but he is afraidDuke Fersen of Sweden comes and a relationship develops between him and Marie The relationship did happen but Grey admits to taking some historical license with it for the sake of the storyFor many reasons France is experiencing financial problems The King tries to cut expenses meanwhile Marie believes that her subjects expect her to put on a good face She spends money lavishly on jeweled gowns and the tall hairdos she has made popular Her mother warns her to be careful but she doesn’t listen She loves to throw expensive parties and play cards all night Though she is being excoriated in the press for her excesses she maintains she can’t cut back – it would show the wrong example to the people Bread riots in Paris move to the palace at VersaillesThe King agrees to help the American Revolution in spite of France’s financial crises On August 22 1777 the marriage is finally consummated after Louis XVI has the operation Marie’s brother King of the Roman Empire warns her to change her frivolous ways but she ignores the advice Finally she gets pregnant and vows to change her extravagant lifestyleCount Fersen has been away He returns and tells Marie he is going to America to fight in the revolution Their relationship though not physical deepens In Dec 1778 Marie has baby girl and learns the people of France do not like her She refuses to sleep with the King because she doesn’t want to get pregnant again Meanwhile she comes to realize she is in love with count FersenShe agrees to have another child but she has a miscarriage She finally delivers a son in 1781 Because her hair is thinning probably from the strain of her tall hairdos she has her hair cut short and creates a new fashion in Paris Her son is weak and sicklyMarie is pulled into a scandal when a woman named Jeanne claims she is a close friend of the ueen and barrows a fortune in the ueen’s name Pamphleteers smear Marie’s name and sentiment toward her drops Marie’s son dies in her arms There is little sympathy from the peopleConditions in France deteriorate as Louis XVI shows himself to be indecisive and inept An attempt to placate the people with a meeting of the three estates royals nobles people gets out of hand As matters worsen the King does nothing The Bastille is taken and the revolution beginsOn the surface Marie looks spoiled and self absorbed However Grey examines her with care and empathy Judging by the contents of Marie’s letters and the things going on around her I think Grey has created a fairly accurate picture of a girl forced to grow up fast and put in circumstances an experienced adult would have problems dealing with Those early years set patterns Marie was not able see or deal with The details leading up to the revolution and the what ifs were thought provoking Louis XVI was good for America but for France he was the wrong man At times he wanted to do good but he didn’t have the strength or the ability to do the right things

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