There are always two sides to every story

Confessions of Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #3)Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The French Revolution is nearly always portrayed in a way that downplays and romanticises the level of violence that took place. As most great nations involved in some kind of despicable conflict the French like to paint the leaders of the revolution as morally untouchable freedom fighters. When in fact the sadistic side in their personalities, their thirst for power and their lack of conscience was allowed to reign without obstruction throughout that period of time. It was a dark, bloody, violent and unforgiving time.
Marie Antoinette is often depicted as the spendthrift, the fashion savvy selfish foreigner, who dared to rule over the superior French. Fact is the country never forgave her for being Austrian. Then and even now people tend to forget that she was a mother,a friend and a wife. A strong woman deprived of her husband and her children. Kept imprisoned like a criminal and murdered by a bloodthirsty mob.
The author has tried to connect to what it must have been like for Marie in those last months of her life and although her upbringing and stance on royalty is evident, that wasn’t enough of a crime to treat her as they did. The French not only blamed her for the crippling financial situation they found themselves in, they also maligned her character in the most despicable way.
Abolishing the monarchy to create a Republic and feed the common folk is one thing, but condoning mass murder, violence and unspeakable acts of gore is reprehensible.
The writing was a tad dry, especially in the first half. There is a lot of factual data thrown in and Marie doesn’t really get a strong voice until the second half. Even then I think the author kept her distance from the character emotionally, perhaps in an attempt to not appear biased towards Marie in any way.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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