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Confessions of Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #3) ❮PDF❯ ⚣ Confessions of Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #3) ✈ Author Juliet Grey – Confessions of Marie Antoinette the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French ueen blends rich historical detail with searing drama bringing to l Confessions of Marie Antoinette the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French ueen blends rich historical detail with searing drama bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final daysVersailles As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence Once her loyal subjects the Confessions of PDF or people of France now seek to overthrow the crown placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal perilDisplaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution There despite a few staunch allies they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies Yet despite the political and personal threats against her Marie Antoinette remains above all a devoted wife and mother standing steadfastly by her husband Louis XVI and protecting their young son and daughter And though the ueen and her family try to flee and she secretly attempts to arrange their rescue from the clutches of the Revolution they cannot outrun the dangers encircling them or escape their shocking fate.

10 thoughts on “Confessions of Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #3)

  1. Amanda Amanda says:

    The story of the lavish splendor life of the most well known ueen of France ends with this tragic conclusion If you already know how the story ends you are well aware that there is no way around this ending The nature of this ending makes this trilogy no less enjoyable Be prepared to cry along with Marie Antoinette if you are a mother yourself If you are looking for a wonderful biography of the life of Marie Antoinette and don't mind some small bits being embellished then I would absolutely recommend this trilogy to you Thank you Netgalley for the early ARC of this novel

  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Versailles 1789The Confessions of Marie Antoinette is a deeply moving and emotional story which provides new insights into the period during which the French royal family was held hostage and into the last moments of Marie Antoinette’s life Juliet Grey’s story emphasizes real historical events and provides perceptive and haunting descriptions of the king and ueen’s demise The story is told in Marie Antoinette’s point of view and Grey creates a convincing portrait of Marie and her devotion as a wife mother ueen and the lengths she goes to protect those roles as best as she can There are vivid and heart wrenching descriptions of the revolution and Grey gives a clear picture of rage and determination of the peopleThis novel is third of a brilliant trilogy and I say that because it has been a long time since I have enjoyed a trilogy so much As the story goes we know that Marie was a spendthrift and her subjects saw a selfish women with lots of food and clothes while others starved However from what I came away with in this trilogy was that if Marie never bought that stuff those businesses would have been even worse off I believe she truly felt she was helping themWriting good historical fiction is an art Writing a master piece takes undoubted skill and talent that reaches into the very depth of the reader’s soul Grey has accomplished both and I believe “Confessions” has truly changed me and brought to surface an emotion inside of me that has been uiet for some time I was beyond deeply moved My perceptive of Marie and the French people of that period is forever changed Grey writes with a deep feeling of loss betrayal love and devotion I cannot express enough how I much I enjoyed reading this story Words cannot achieve that emotion I HIGHLY recommend to allStephanie M Hopkinswwwlayeredpagescom

  3. Ris Ris says:

    Update I spoke with the author about the name change and this was done at the publisher's reuest She says that her book has nothing at all to do with Marie's diary nor is it written in diary format It was written as Last October Sky and was only changed bc publisher reuested that it be so So I am sure it will be as fabulous as the other two A rose by any other name would smell as sweet yes? I agree thought Last October Sky was a uniue and lovely title Confessions sounds like the diary of and there are at least two other books out there about Marie Antoinette's diary Just my two cents

  4. Shannon Elizabeth Heffner Shannon Elizabeth Heffner says:

    As Shakespeare wrote Heavy is the head that wears the crown Juliet Grey has expanded on this thought in her new book The Confessions of Marie Antoinette Most of us know the basics of Marie's life The young Austrian princess who became a ueen while still a teenager The woman who spent like she had a credit card with no limit and in the eyes of the French people spent France into ruin She was the epitome of the aristocracy that had held the people in a caste system for centuries and because of this led to her ultimate destiny under the blade of the guillotine But this is what we all know MsGrey has gone beyond the Marie Antoinette of legend and has ultimately made her human once This book is not a happy read In fact it may very well make you tear up as I did It begins right where the last book leaves off which I feel I have deprived myself of a good back to back read as I did not read Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow and really wish I did I didn't realize this was a third installment of a trilogy or else I would have with the French people storming the streets of Paris making their way to the gates of Versailles demanding change They are at first subdued by the promises of bread from the royal larders but it does not take long for Louis and Antoinette to realize that the people are hungry for than just bread; they are hungry for libertyThe escalation of the revolt is astounding There is the famous uote that on the eve of the citizens storming Versailles a palace guard comes running in sweating and tells Louis the Parisians are at the gate Louis looks up and says Is it a revolt? The guard says No sire It's a revolutionThe author takes a few paragraphs here and there to take us out of the 1st person narrative and brings us into a 3rd person side story of a sculptor named Louison She is one of many swept up in the current of the revolution and throughout the book her story allows us to escape for a few moments from Antoinette's narration allowing us to see things from this perspective Louison is not strongly supportive either way She feels sympathy for the monarchs who are uickly being stripped of everything from their power to their most basic comforts I always felt there must have been many who felt this way but with the carts rolling by every day full of condemned traitors of the nation and the nonstop flow of conspirators and blood the fear they felt must have been too much to bear so they say and do nothingAntoinette and Louis are at first given the comfort of living together with their children and the king's devoted sister the Princesse Elisabeth and are allowed the comforts of a family living in genteel poverty in the Tuileries Palace a nice enough place to live especially in comparison to what the future holds but a far cry from Versailles One by one these comforts are taken away just as one by one their rights are taken as wellSeveral attempts at escape are made including the famous flight to Varennes where only kilometers from the Prussian boarder they are caught and sent back to Paris in a slow procession of humiliation On the 21st September 1790 the king and ueen become Citizen and Citizess Capet September 21 happens to be my birthday so I found that interesting The couple and their family are moved to the Temple; a medieval fortress that was named after the Knights Templar and every inch the embodiment of a medieval turreted nightmareThings begin to move at an even faster pace after the move to the Temple Louis is soon told he may only take meals with his family and he is to be lodged elsewhere in the Temple He knows at this point he is living on borrowed time A few weeks later they come for him and after a tearful embrace here is the part of the book that made me cry bullets It's been uite some time since this has happened he promises to come back for a final goodbye which he never makes Louis is put under the guillotine and the tyrant is dead for the tree of liberty is watered by the blood of tyrants says Robespierre This proves to be even difficult a time for Antoinette than she could have foreseen since the new regime can't seem to decide if the nation would be better served through her exile or her death Ultimately history shows us were screaming for her death than her exile To compound her pain they move her son now Louis XVII to those who still uphold the monarchy to the same rooms that his father occupied before he was led to his death For days she can hear him crying for his mother and the awful guards who are to take charge of his education teach him the songs of the revolution and tell him to yell at the top of his lungs that his mother is a whore or else face corporal punishment Poor Antoinette has to hear his lessons from her lodgings and one day even overhears him through the floorboards saying haven't they killed that whore yet? Louis Joseph dies of neglect and exposure two years after his mother's deathThen the inevitable Marie Antoinette is led from the Temple to the Conciergerie also known as death's antichamber to await her own execution She is subjected to the most cruel treatment that one can imagine during this time including a precession of citizens led through the prison to gawk at her as if she is an animal in a zoo where the side story of Louison finally crosses with that of that of Marie Antoinette in an emotional unspoken moment between these two women who outside of this moment might never have met Marie Antoinette is put under the blade on the 16th October 1793This is a sad book although I would highly recommend it for lovers of historical fiction lovers of French history or those who like myself have a fascination with Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey did her subject justice with this well flowing narrative filled with real to life characters and history lessons that are not written in the way of a textbook You cannot fail to walk away knowing something new 45 stars

  5. Gretchen Gretchen says:

    Here is the novel I waited two books to read I held out hope and I was not disappointed This was a gut wrenching tissue grabbing emotional wreck of a novel Warning to the reader unless I think it's absolutely necessary I will not be using spoilers in my review as I think it's pretty common knowledge what becomes of Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis I found myself a little nervous at the beginning of this novel For someone who meets such a tragic demise Grey sure does a good job of convincing the reader the ueen of France has it coming My biggest problem with the first two novels was I felt Marie was nothing than a spoiled brainless child People are dying in the streets of Pairs but the ueen's biggest concern is whether or not the carriage they are escaping in has a private toilet and storage for oodles of dresses Speaking of people in Paris I will admit my knowledge of the French Revolution is basic but it seems to me these people always had money to be drunk how did they not have money for food? Seriously Every time we were reading about people rioting in Paris they were drunk So you can buy an endless supply of wine but not bread? Again as I said my knowledge of the revolution is fairly basic and I imagine there were other things contributing to the food shortage at the time Furthering my knowledge of the events leading to the French Revolution is on my list of New Year's goals After the failed escape attempt Grey really ups her game and starts to write the book I've thought she had potential to write One of the heartbreaking scenes in my opinion was when the dauphin was taken away from Marie Not only is her little boy taken away from her but she is then forced to listen to his continuous crying and the abuse he is forced to suffer as the Assembly appointed tutor attempts to beat the royal out of the child As a mother the feeling of helplessness was overwhelming to me If you are person who has a pretty good background on Marie Antoinette's life before the Revolution you could probably skip the first two novels in the trilogy and read the last as a stand alone Even if you have a basic knowledge like I do you can probably just read the last novel It is far and above the best of the three

  6. Christy English Christy English says:

    Review to followbut for now let's just say I love this book

  7. Glen Stott Glen Stott says:

    This final book of the trilogy picks up Marie Antoinette’s life at the beginning of the French Revolution1789 Mobs come to the castle at Versailles The royal family is moved to the old Tuileries castle in Paris which hasn’t been used for 124 years They are prisoners as the revolution begins stripping the King of his powers1790 The revolution outlaws religion There is a revolution within the revolution as radical factions take over The revolutionaries move the family to St Cloud six miles outside of Paris Things are better there Several attempts are made on Marie’s life Because the vitriol most of it false in the pamphlets and other papers that serve as the press the people have a special hatred toward Marie To some extent they blame her than they do the King for the misery in their lives In fact it is the King’s great weakness that has allowed much of the destitution felt throughout the country 1791 Count Maribeau dies He was the King’s only hope for intercession on behalf of the crown In desperation the King and his family escape from Paris Count Fersen helps Unfortunately the family is captured near the border of Austria On the perilous trip back to Paris Marie’s hair turns white After being returned to Paris the King signs a new constitution leaving him almost no power1792 Fersen has a plan to get the Royal family out of Paris but the King refuses to go because he had given his word he would not leave Paris The first Guillotine is constructed Hoping to create a distraction from the revolution the King declares war on two countries Austria Marie’s birth county jumps into the war in defense of France and the King Rioters break into the castle and go a rampage of destruction but no one is hurt Many of the King’s friends work to get him out of the country but he refuses every plan Attempts to protect the royal family with arms results in rage and riots against the King throughout Paris The commander of the forces defending the King is murdered and thrown in the river Members of the second revolution break into the castle and murder dismember and burn the bodies of the people they find there; the King and his family were in a different building The royal family is moved to a nunnery The family is then moved to a temple where they are treated to a banuet Then all their friends and servants are arrested and the royal family is moved to dingy rooms in the tower As the Austrian army approaches Paris the city is filled with rioting mobs who kill priests and loyalists The mob beheads one of Marie’s friends and brings her head on a pike made up with a hairdo mocking Marie The Austrian army is turned back In conjunction with the September massacre another new government is established which abolishes the monarchy The King and ueen are known as citizen and citizeness Capte They are moved to a tower in the castle and the windows are boarded up1793 The King is tried convicted and executed The revolutionaries torture Marie’s son forcing him to tell lies about Marie namely that she committed incest with him She can hear the torture from her room She is officially arrested and put in a 12 x 12 cell where two guards watch her 247 She is then moved to a new cell where the guard allows people to come and stare at her for a price One of the charges against her is that she wrote all the evil propaganda against her in order gain sympathy from foreign countries Another charge is that she said “Let them eat cake” This was actually said by a much earlier ueen not Marie The case falls apart but the angered jury convicts her anyway Her attorneys are arrested On October 16 she is sentenced and is executed before noon that same dayRobespierre who led the revolution at that time was later executed himself The French revolution was a wild chaotic feast of evil driven by years of suffering of the people largely ignored by the government and the church and egged on by a hateful press willing to tell any lie to further enrage the people and sell pamphlets This trilogy captures much of that as it gives a clearer understanding of Marie Antoinette’s part from her early childhood to her death at the age of 37 This revolution intended to be a model of the American Revolution fell far short of its goals for the rights of man and resulted in a dictatorship under Napoleon

  8. Anna Gibson Anna Gibson says:

    My mother liked to boast that her numerous daughters were 'sacrifices to politics' The apt opening line from Becoming Marie Antoinette the first novel in Juliet Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy is made all the compelling by the final entry in the trilogy Confessions of Marie AntoinetteThe last novel in the trilogy begins in the midst of the October Days when a large mob comprised mainly of Parisian women marched on the palace of Versailles Their attack on the palace ultimately led to the claiming of the royal family who were taken back to Paris in triumph It ends of course where Marie Antoinette herself ended on the guillotine In between the profound losses and increasing danger experienced by Marie Antoinette her family and her loved ones are compounded by the increasingly complicated and politically shifting Revolution Readers may be surprised that Confessions of Marie Antoinette tells not just the last chapter in the story of the titular ueen but also the story of a young woman named Louison Chabry Louison based on a real woman living in Paris during the revolution introduces a different perspective on the unfolding revolution while also allowing for a complete narrative Louison for example is able to witness events that Marie Antoinette would not have witnessed but without them readers may feel lost or confused about the resulting behaviors or actions taken by Louis XVI Marie Antoinette and other characters in the book While I didn't feel as connected to Louison due to her late introduction in the trilogy I did appreciate that her story allowed for a fuller depiction of events in the narrativeOf course the primary challenge of presenting the life story of any historical figure much less a figure like Marie Antoinette is being able to craft a narrative that not only covers an expansive number of years but is able to be both fictionally compelling and historically sound With the trilogy format however Juliet Grey has allowed herself to create a much detailed picture of her life that allows for the inclusion of characters incidents based on real life events and a deeper picture of the character of Marie Antoinette herself Grey's narrative particularly shines when it submerges itself in the human emotion of events the depiction of the mob invasion of the Tuileries Palace where Marie Antoinette and her family were threatened and insulted is of particular noteThe development of Marie Antoinette's character throughout the trilogy is most apparent in this final work where we finally see the emergence of Marie Antoinette's courage intelligence determination and even desperation as she and her family attempt to navigate their way through the revolution Another aspect of Marie Antoinette's character which emerges are her realizations about her life her loves her triumphs and her mistakes The last portion of the book which covers the ueen's unfortunate ride to the guillotine and contains some symbolism which readers of the first novels will likely take note of is especially moving Be sure to read with a tissue box at handConfessions of Marie Antoinette is a solid finale to the trilogy which shines the most in its emotional and human portrayal of Marie Antoinette Louis XVI and their family Out of every component in the trilogy and the last novel I was most impressed with the creation of a three dimensional human character out of both Marie Antoinette and most tellingly Louis XVI who is often reduced to caricature but is here presented as a flesh and blood human being Historical fiction readers and readers interested in Marie Antoinette will likely appreciate this detailed emotional and human look at her story Also published on

  9. Anna Anna says:

    I didn't like this one as much as I liked the other two in the series but that's probably because it doesn't have as much of the glitz and glamour that we associate with Marie Antoinette's life which is honestly my favorite part to read about It is actually a very vivid and pretty historically accurate portrait of the French Revolution; at times it was so gory and bleak that I actually found myself shocked I know a lot about Marie Antoinette's life since she's one of my favorite historical subjects so I feel like that's high praise for Grey's prose I wasn't a huge fan of the sections about the sculptress just because she wasn't as interesting as Marie Antoinette but I do understand the need to view the Revolution from a citizen's perspective for the reader to give them a well rounded picture I'd recommend this entire trilogy if you're a fan of historical fiction It can be a bit slow at times but there is plenty of detail and research that went into this series

  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Prepare to be teary eyed for this one In this novel Marie Antoinette is cast very much in the role of Mother and the novelist focuses upon this in order to procure sympathy for her protagonist Truly what she had to suffer not only as a mother but also as a wife was incredibly sad Just to execute her was one thing but to destroy every inch of her family beforehand was absolutely heart breaking to read about This novel truly touched a nerve for me no doubt because I had come to have an understanding of Marie Antoinette and her character in the last two novels Therefore I had an emotional attachment to her and was moved by the tragic events of the last few years of her life I knew what to expect of course and yet the author showed great talent in depicting the end of her taleI found this novel to be much fact driven than the last two Not to say that the first two novels were devoid of factual information but rather there was of an enhanced storyline to them This novel however didn't seem to be overly enhanced with fiction rather the author let the facts speak for themselves I think I understand why this novel had it's name changed to 'Confessions of Marie Antoinette'; because it read almost like a diary in it's delivery However I do think that the original title 'The Last October Sky' would have been a great one It's a shame that it was changedOverall I did greatly enjoy this novel and yet the reason I gave it four stars rather than five was because I found it difficult to get through than I did it's predecessors Perhaps this did have to do with the nature of the story itself and yet I also feel that for the first half of the novel the author sacrificed the storyline in order to lay the facts out This is not to say that I don't appreciate having the facts I do but it just made the first half of the novel somewhat dry As it progressed however the voice of Marie Antoinette did begin to speak out once loud and clear and completely human Not a monster of historical legend but as a once living breathing woman who was just as human as any one of us If you are finding the first half a bit difficult to get through then definitely stick with it in the same way that it will stick with you once you've finished it

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