Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

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Grove Press, 2002 - Всего страниц: 476
Life at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has long captivated readers, drawn by accounts of the intrigues and pageantry that came to such a sudden and unexpected end. Stefan Zweig's Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a dramatic account of the guillotine's most famous victim, from the time when as a fourteen-year-old she took Versailles by storm, to her frustrations with her aloof husband, her passionate love affair with the Swedish Count von Fersen, and ultimately to the chaos of the French Revolution and the savagery of the Terror. An impassioned narrative, Zweig's biography focuses on the human emotions of the participants and victims of the French Revolution, making it both an engrossingly compelling read and a sweeping and informative history.
"Certainly no one can arise unmoved from the reading of this powerful work." -- The New Republic
"Excellent biography." -- The New York Times
 

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A CHILD MARRIAGE
3
SECRET OF THE ALCOVE
20
DEBUT AT VERSAILLES
32
FIGHT FOR A WORD
42
CONQUEST OF PARIS
59
THE KING IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE KING
68
PORTRAIT OF A ROYAL COUPLE
76
QUEEN OF THE ROCOCO
89
MIRABEAU
277
PREPARATIONS FOR ESCAPE
288
THE FLIGHT TO VARENNES
298
THE NIGHT IN VARENNES
308
RETURN TO PARIS
314
RECIPROCAL DECEPTION
323
THE FRIENDS LAST APPEARANCE
332
FLIGHT INTO WAR
342

TRIANON
104
THE NEW SOCIETY
116
A FRATERNAL VISIT
125
MOTHERHOOD
136
THE QUEEN BECOMES UNPOPULAR
144
A THUNDERCLAP IN THE ROCOCO THEATRE
156
THE DIAMOND NECKLACE
170
TRIAL AND SENTENCE
187
THE PEOPLE AND THE QUEEN AWAKEN
200
THE DECISIVE SUMMER
208
FRIENDS DESERT
217
A FRIEND APPEARS
226
WAS HE OR WAS HE NOT?
237
THE LAST NIGHT IN VERSAILLES
248
THE HEARSE OF THE MONARCHY
258
SELFAWARENESS
266
LAST CRIES
350
THE TENTH OF AUGUST
356
THE TEMPLE
367
MARIE ANTOINETTE ALONE
381
FINAL SOLITUDE
389
THE CONCIERGERIE
401
A LAST ENDEAVOUR
408
THE SUPREME INFAMY
416
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
427
ON TRIAL BEFORE THE REVOLUTIONARY TRIBUNAL
434
DRIVE TO THE SCAFFOLD
448
THE KEENING
455
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
462
POSTFACE
466
INDEX
473
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Born in Vienna, the prolific Zweig was a poet in his early years. In the 1920s, he achieved fame with the many biographies he wrote of famous people including Balzac, Dostoevsky, Dickens and Freud. Erasmus with whom he closely identified, was the subject of a longer biography. He also wrote the novellas Amok (1922) and The Royal Game (1944). As Nazism spread, Zweig, a Jew, fled to the United States and then to Brazil. He hoped to start a new life there, but the haunting memory of Nazism, still undefeated, proved too much for him. He died with his wife in a suicide pact.

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