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Becoming Marie Antoinette ❰EPUB❯ ✶ Becoming Marie Antoinette Author Juliet Grey – This enthralling confection of a novel the first in a new trilogy follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless powerful beautiful ueen Marie Antoinette Why must it be This enthralling confection of a novel the first in a new trilogy follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless powerful beautiful ueen Marie Antoinette Why must it be me I wondered When I am so clearly inadeuate to my destinyRaised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria ten year old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother's political ambitions What she never anticipated was that the day in uestion would come Becoming Marie PDF \ so soonBefore she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter glamour and gossip of Versailles Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become ueenFilled with smart history treacherous rivalries lavish clothes and sparkling jewels Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

10 thoughts on “Becoming Marie Antoinette

  1. Susan Susan says:

    I received an electronic galley of this novel from the publisherThis is a straightforward novel about the young Marie Antoinette covering the period from her preteen years to her becoming ueen of France I found Marie engaging and sympathetic and her budding relationship with her husband was presented uite sensitivelyMy primary objection to this novel is that it simply isn't the tour de force it's made out to be by the publisher Marie Antoinette is what's referred to in the publishing industry as a maruee name a historical character who can draw in readers through name recognition alone Some of these historical characters like Anne Boleyn have become so popular a subject for historical fiction that it's difficult to come up with anything new to say about them Grey's novel epitomizes this problem The novel hits all of the plot points familiar to those who have read other fiction about Marie Antoinette her relationship with her strict mother her disgust at the rigid etiuette of the French court her difficulty consummating her marriage her correspondence with her disapproving mother her refusal to acknowledge the king's mistress the meeting with Fersen at a masked ball her husband's unpleasant aunts her husband's difficulties with his socially adept younger brothers the king's death by smallpox and it doesn't do so in a way that makes any of this material fresh or particularly interesting Even the details about the makeover that Marie had to undergo before making her royal marriage among other things she was made to wear braces on her teeth can be found in other novels about the young Marie like Melanie Clegg's The Secret Diary of a Princess and Carolyn Meyer's The Bad ueen There's nothing wrong in itself in an author covering the familiar events of a historical character's life it's certainly preferable to playing fast and loose with history in my opinion but those expecting a fresh perspective on the young Marie won't get it hereI found the novel lacking somewhat in other respects as well Grey has written several historical novels under another pen name but there are problems associated with less experienced writers here Marie the narrator often refers to her lack of learning yet she tosses out classical allusions and ten dollar words with ease As you know Bob dialogue abounds as in a scene where Marie's mother and Marie's brother tell each other things each knows perfectly well while Marie listens of course through a keyhole There are information dumps as when Marie having complained that she feels like one of the animals in her father's menagerie proceeds to enumerate the aforesaid animals not because it has anything to do with what is happening but obviously because the author has taken the trouble to find out what animals were in the menagerie and wants to make sure the reader appreciates her efforts These aren't huge problems but they grated on meAbout a third or so into the novel letters from other characters to other characters began to appear without Marie making any reference to them or being aware of their existence Once I got used to this it wasn't bothersome but their presence was jarring at firstIn sum for readers of historical fiction who are unfamiliar with Marie Antoinette's story this novel isn't a bad place to start Those who are however are unlikely to find much here to distinguish this novel from the others that have featured Marie Antoinette as the heroine

  2. Tania Tania says:

    I am a huge Philippa Gregory fan and I thought it was time to broaden my horizons a bit as I've only ever read about the British monarchy I was fascinated by some of the facts in this book as I knew absolutely nothing about Marie Antoinette as a young girl or about this period in history Although the writing was not as captivating as Philipa's I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as I think it is a very nice introduction her life

  3. Jane Jane says:

    This was one of those novels where I began the book with doubts and ended it as a fan That's always a pleasant experience and I was glad to find out that this was the first book in a seriesI thought that at the outset Becoming Marie Antoinette is a little heavy on the historical detail I felt a little as if I were reading a history book dressed up as a novel but not enough that I wanted to stop reading Marie Antoinette is an interesting historical figure and I was fascinated by the details of her childhood in Austria and particularly by her relationship with her motherBy the time Marie Antoinette arrives in France I felt that the author was warming up not to her subject because her passion for the historical period is evident from the start but to the rhythm of writing a historical novel The story begins to take over from the details and once the author hits that stride the narrative begins to flow very nicelyThe relationship between Marie Antoinette and the Dauphin is very nicely handled and perfectly believable Grey's imagining of two characters who had to grow into adulthood in the hothouse atmosphere of the French court and find a way to make their own relationship work spurred on by the notions of duty that had been impressed on them since childhood was convincingAll in all a very satisfying novel and I'm looking forward to the next installment

  4. Natasa Natasa says:

    This is not the most well written book I’ve ever read and it drags the language seems redundant but overall the story is interesting enough

  5. Tracy Tracy says:

    I'm torn between two and three stars Overall I enjoyed learning about France and Marie Antoinette There was a lot of historical information that was interesting to me and clearly the author has researched this time I would like to read but the writing was difficult for me The pace was slower at times and I found myself skimming through large sections to get to the point I don't want to go through two books of that so I think I'll end off here on this particular series

  6. Barbara Lynn Barbara Lynn says:

    Ten year old Maria Antonia has just been told by her mother the empress of Austria that she was to become the bride of the dauphine of France where she will one day become the ueen of France By the time she is fourteen years old Marie Antonia has had a complete makeover she has learned to walk and dance properly has had her teeth straightened has learned to be fluent in Frence and learn a little French history She has several trunks filled with the most glamorous silk dresses she has ever seenAt fourteen she travels to France to marry Louis XVI a teenage boy she has never met before He is interested in anything else besides her He seems shy he can’t dance without stepping on her feet And evidently he would rather eat than talk to herI love historical fiction and this book actually provided the back ground information to make it understandable what was happening to young Marie Antoinette You see the way she had to deal with her day to day life you see a young teenage girl dealing with something that is so difficult that she has to have a servant assigned to her to make sure she does not break any etiuette rules You see her trying to get to know her new husband and you see her relationship with the kingI think this is an outstanding piece of historical fiction and the detail of daily life that the author provides makes it vivid You can actually see the ladies with their hair done up you can feel for her when she goofs up The whole time I am reading this book I am thinking that Marie Antoinette certainly handled herself much better than I would have At fifteen she is landed on to a stage where everything she does is seen reported or gossiped about And she appears to do it without much whining She deals with people who do not have her best interest at heart people who hate her for no particular reason I give this book five stars because it provided everything I want in historical fiction accuracy in facts attention to detail a clear picture of the time period and a great plot Even though I know how her story ends I really want to read the next book in the seuel as soon as it comes out I won this book through Goodreads First Reads Program

  7. Tracey Tracey says:

    This book is exactly what it says on the tin how Maria Antonia of Austria daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I was molded into Marie Antoinette ueen of France It was an arduous process that began when she was ten years old; that was when the first overtures came from Louis of France proposing a match between his grandson the Dauphin and the appropriately aged daughter of the Austrian court From that day Antonia's life took a swift turn from a rather carefree childhood into the increasingly difficult – and dangerous – realm of royal bride In the four years that passed between the first overture to the completed contract Antonia had to learn to manage all of the finer points of a new court – from hair and makeup and new styles of clothing including less forgiving corsets to history and music to a language she never cared to apply herself to down to the uniue manner of walking no great lady of Versailles would consider not practicing Meanwhile she continued under the close scrutiny of two courts waiting for her menses to begin and for her to develop a womanly figure Over her head cut throat negotiations continued between her mother and her prospective husband's grandfather – these continued to the point that Antonia finally reached France It seems as though it was only through the empress's extreme doggedness that the wedding ever happened at all The short version of the story is that being a princess was far from being all beautiful fabrics and rich food and stunning gardens And Prince Charming was not to be expected The narrative is presented with for the most part Antonia's tight third person point of view broken occasionally for things she could not know about by the insertion of letters and official documents The language is young maturing slightly as the book progresses and the narrator matures slightly; the age of the voice is very well modulated Lately I've been expressing my concerns about writers using real people as characters in their fiction I seem to be one of the only people bothered by this so this is mainly talking to myself I suppose So why am I singularly untroubled by Becoming Marie Antoinette? I think it lies in three things distance author's motivationrespect for the subject and the standing and condition of the person in uestion Whether it's logical or not time passage makes a difference to me the 1770's are or seem much distant even than the early 1800's; the farther back into history a book is set the less it troubles me whether because the longer ago it was the a person becomes a figure of history or because family currently living is less likely to be hurt or something else I haven't determined yet I do know that using someone who was living and breathing within my lifetime is highly offensive to me while using say Chaucer as Margaret Frazer does is rather intriguing To the second point Becoming Marie Antoinette is a biographical novel with an intent to both entertain and educate Both goals very nicely achieved by the way From the author's notes Juliet Gray developed a passionate fondness for Maria Antonia and one of her missions is to try to combat the common image of the flighty and irresponsible ueen My impression of some of the works that use Jane Austen the example who has been on my mind of late has been far along the lines of Jane Austen is fashionable I'll make her a detective and sell millions of books If nothing else it's undignified and lacks the respect Jane Austen is due But it's standing I think that makes the biggest difference to me It's in what I hypothesize the subject's outlook to be Would she mind her avatar being co opted words being placed in her mouth that she never would have dreamed of saying and actions attributed to her that she never would have considered? Obviously I have no deeper insight into the two women this paragraph is about than I have been able to gain from my unscholarly reading But for Jane Austen oh yes I have no doubt in the world that she would have than minded She was a private citizen Private in terms of someone who had no public presence – her books were initially published anonymously – and also very much private in terms of having no desire for parading or being paraded in public I hesitate to refer to her as Jane in my reviews; it would have been such an intolerable presumption Marie Antoinette? I don't know She was accustomed to her every move being scrutinized and discussed used to everyone knowing who she was and what she said and did My instinct – all I have to go on really – is that she would have been charmed and flattered And that makes a huge difference in my perception There is one thing that comes into play here Voice Becoming Marie Antoinette is written as if Maria Antonia is telling the story Some of the other books I referred to earlier the Jane Austen Detective books are supposedly recently discovered Austen memoirs Presuming to write in Jane Austen's voice is I saw the adjective ambitious used in a review and that is certainly a kind word for it I used hazardous once; we'll go with that to be nice Here though the hazard does not exist For one thing there is little enough to compare to especially for the layman; for another there is a genuineness – and yes respect – for the subject which solidifies the whole Becoming Marie Antoinette an eye opening book obviously partisan for a woman who needed partisans It's the first of three following the princess become dauphine become ueen through to the end and I'll be interested in the rest of the story

  8. Judith Starkston Judith Starkston says:

    This first of three projected novels about Marie Antoinette is getting a good deal of buzz among readers and reviewers of historical fiction for its detailed portrayal of the period and its in depth characterization of the future French ueen In interviews Juliet Grey has pointed out that with this series she is interested in redeeming a much maligned historical figure who while usually portrayed as “heedless to headless” was in fact a much sympathetic character As Grey points out the history of Marie Antoinette was written by her enemies the victors of the French Revolution Now there’s a new version and it’s worth readingGrey begins with the ten year old Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria on the day her mother the Empress of Austria began negotiations for the marriage of her youngest daughter to the Dauphin of France She opens with a charming scene outdoors between “Toinette” her family nickname Charlotte her favorite sister and their governess who is attempting to teach them French but the girls are interested in chasing butterflies and painting their governess’s face with their watercolors when she falls asleep in the sun The scene has the difficult job of connecting us to a child enough so that we care about what happens to her and will read on In this Grey succeeds She makes an excellent beginning in her opening sentence “My mother liked to boast that her numerous daughters were ‘sacrices to politics’” Other chilling details about the girls’ future roles and their mother’s demanding and distant treatment of them create a sharp contrast to the two mischievous girls whom we get to know uite intimately They seem ordinary in their desire to distract their teacher and in the carefree way they get mud and grass stains on their silk gowns That Toinette is clearly terrible at her lessons and can’t learn much of anything is another detail that hooks us in How on earth is this little girl going to become a ueen? Grey succeeds both in making us like this child and in causing us to worry about her Marie Antointette’s journey to the French throne turns out to be complicated and full of pitfalls While this is a work of fiction Grey has based her characterization in history while allowing herself the liberty to imagine what went on both behind closed doors and within the minds of her characters She has written nonfiction about this period and ueen and listening to her discuss her research I’m willing to trust that she’s constructed a legitimate “read” of this famous woman although I’m sure the debate will continue in scholarly and historical fiction circles Certainly Grey’s version of Marie Antoinette is engaging For me the strength of this book lies in Marie Antoinette’s richly developed inner world—how hard she tried to fulfill her mother’s demands how vulnerable and unprepared she was for the gossipy infighting French court how much she yearned to be loved but mostly wasn’t the bizarre but sweet relationship she shared eventually with her husband For many people the elaborate detail about clothing hairstyles etiuette and court customs will be among the most delightful aspects I have to confess that sometimes I got bogged down in the repeated dressing and hair do scenes Part of the point of them was to show that the young woman herself found them too much so they served a purpose within the novel but I sometimes wished for plot less fashion Marie Antoinette’s training in the Austrian court to prepare her to be an acceptable bride for the Dauphin was particularly detailed dance steps parlor games walking styles even most astonishingly to me braces made of gold to straighten her teeth The reader does feel for this poor girl whose every moment seems calculated to point out her deficiencies and improve them We are left with a vivid portrayal of a young woman who had no control over the path her life took having been the pawn of her mother and many French and Austrian men as they tightened and manipulated ties between the two countries Her efforts to define her own place and role are all the interesting against this backdrop That she succeeds at all in “becoming Marie Antoinette” is uite remarkable and it’s worth going along on the journey

  9. Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth says:

    As the title suggests Becoming Marie Antoinette is biographical fiction inspired by the life of the ill fated ueen of France who lost her head to the guillotine during the French RevolutionIt is one of my favourite periods of history I’m actually writing a novel set during the Terror now and I read many novels inspired by her life by writers like Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt when I was a teenager I have also read many biographies by historians such as Antonia Fraser and Evelyne Lever as well as life histories of her hairdresser her perfumerer and the like Juliet Grey’s novel is the first in a trilogy and begins when Maria Antonia is still a child in the court of her mother the formidable Empress of Austria Impulsive warm hearted and mischievous Maria Antonia knows her destiny is to be married for political gain and hopes that her chosen husband will not be too old or too unkind Her mother begins negotiations with the French king Louis the Fifteenth for a betrothal with his grandson the young Dauphin Marie Antonia begins her journey of transformation having her teeth straightened her posture corrected and her meagre education rectified She is only fourteen when she is married by proxy and sent off alone to Versailles and Juliet Grey brilliantly brings her sweetness naïveté and natural charm to life Versailles is of course a gilded trap for the young dauphine and she makes many mistakes by trusting too easily and not submitting to the strict etiuette of the court Even worse poor Marie Antoinette fails to entrance her awkward immature 14 year old husband and the marriage remains unconsummated Light sparkling and yet psychologically acute Becoming Marie Antoinette is the best novel I have yet read about the young Austrian arch duchess’s journey towards becoming the most infamous French ueen in history

  10. Heidi Heidi says:

    I was fortunate enough to be selected to receive an Advance Reader's Edition of Becoming Marie Antoinette A Novel I was thrilled to be selected because I have always found Marie Antoinette to be an interesting person in history Many have portrayed Marie Antoinette as self absorbed and dimwitted I was uite intrigued to see how Juliet Grey would present her in this novelMaria Antonia grew up in Austria always knowing that one day she would be a sacrifice to politics Her mother Maria Theresa was the Empress of Austria and demanded great things from her daughters By the age of 10 Antonia had been promised in marriage to Louis Charles the dauphin of France A complete intellectual and physical transformation had to be undergone to prepare Antonia to become the dauphine of France and eventually their ueen Finally at the age of 14 the marriage was ready to move forward Antonia had to leave nearly everything behind; her family her servants whom she loved like family her homeland her language her customs etc She had to convince the people of France to love her despite the fact that many had preconceived notions about Austrian women One of the people who needed the most convincing was her new husband Louis Through the pages of this book Juliet Grey shows us what a strong and compassionate person Marie Antoinette was Despite constant criticism from her mother she constantly strove to make her happy Within the corrupt world of Versailles Antoinette worked hard to keep her morals Antoinette struggled to learn who she could trust and who she could not and it becomes clear in this book how lonely of a life it must have truly been Thoroughly researched and well written I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone This is the first book in a trilogy and will be released on 8911 The second book in the trilogy Days of Splendor Days of Sorrow will be released in the summer of 2012 The third and final book will be released in 2013 I look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy

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