Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769 (The Royal Diaries)

by The Royal Diaries (Series)

Other authorsKathryn Lasky (Author)
Hardcover, 2000



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Scholastic Inc. (2000), Edition: 1st Printing, 236 pages. $10.95.


In 1769, thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, begins a journal chronicling her life at the Austrian court and her preparations for her future role as queen of France.


Original language


Physical description

236 p.; 5.75 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member AngelaB86
Written as a diary, about the events leading up to Marie Antoinette's marriage, and French court life. A great series for young girls!

One feature of the Royal Diaries series is once the story is finished, the author includes a section which is only facts: pictures/portraits of the main characters,
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family trees, a "What life was like in (insert name) lived" to help the reader distinguish between what we know about the characters, what we assume from artifacts found, and what the author made up to help the story along.
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LibraryThing member sgerbic
Reviewed April 2000

Alas, the last of the diaries. I really hope these books will inspire young girls to show an active interest in history. I know I loved them. I knew little of Marie Antoinette before reading this diary, what a shallow person she was. Very graphic book, great details. The
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fleas....the stink...interesting point author noticed, all the power and still people pied in the hallways. Amazing what they went through for their hair and clothes. I can see now why the people had enough and revolted against the rich and privileged. These people were way out of line. Excellent timing....just this week the local newspapers are reporting that DNA evidence is clear that Marie's child did die in prison of TB, rumors had it that it was an impostor.
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LibraryThing member sheeplifter
One the first books I read in english- maybe the first.
LibraryThing member mollyellison
Diaries/Historical Fiction, love, politics, drama, Interest Level: Grade 3, GLE: 5.5, 2000.

The diary begins when Marie Antoinette arrives in France for her marriage to the Dauphin of France. The reader experiences her emotional and political struggles as the link between two powerful nations.
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Political unrest abounds throughout the story while lavish scenes of parties and dinners tempt the senses. Marie's struggles are palpable until finally the political unrest surmounts the emotional struggles of the young ruler.
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LibraryThing member efried5
31. In my opinion, “Marie Antoinette” by Kathryn Lasky would be a great book to incorporate into one’s classroom. Lasky wrote this book in first person from the perspective of Marie Antoinette. The writing is organized in a manner that uses Lasky’s interpretation of Marie Antoinette’s
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diary to convey important historical content, facts relevant to Marie Antoinette’s reign, and the events that led up to the French Revolution. By choosing to use Marie Antoinette’s diary as the structural base for her writing, Lasky was able to bring more meaning to Antoinette’s story through making readers feel that they are receiving a first-hand account of her life story. Also, Lasky is able to incorporate the relevance of key historical dates during Antoinette’s reign by providing a date along with each of her entries. The nature of the Antoinette’s language in the story is written in a manner that would be understandable to young readers, however in several instances, Lasky was still able to incorporate authentic terms that are representative of French culture during the sixteenth century. For example, Lasky writes, “today is the ceremony of the ‘remise’ or the delivery.” In French culture, the ceremony of remise occurred when the future queen was delivered to the future king. The main message, or purpose, of this book is to inform young readers about Marie Antoinette, her ascendance of the throne, and her involvement in the events leading up to the French Revolution.
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Not the best book in the series I've read so far, but still good. I learned some stuff, and I did end up connecting with Marie, so that's good. I did enjoy the book, though there were a lot of lists for some reason? And I felt it was long winded at part, but definitely still 4 out of 5 stars from
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LibraryThing member mirikayla
I think I would have loved this series as a kid, being able to learn all about what life was like for important girls in history. About two-thirds of this book takes place in Austria, before Marie Antoinette married Louis Auguste, and then the last third is about her first months in Versailles.
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(Incidentally, I am fairly certain that Versailles in the early 1700s was one of the most absurd, repulsive places in all of history.) Lasky did extensive research for all the books in this series, and I love the idea of making real people out of historical characters who certainly never seemed real to me as I learned about them.
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LibraryThing member Marse
I enjoyed this book for what it is: a glimpse into the teenaged Marie Antoinette before and just after she weds Louis, written for 3rd or 4th grade girls who enjoy the romantic idea of being a princess. This book is part of the series called 'The Royal Diaries' and so it also appeals to the
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voyeur-like curiosity of girls at that age about the private life of girls who seem to have everything.

The voice of Antonia, as Marie Antoinette was called by her family, is appropriately charming, but not overly intellectual or snobby. She likes to have fun, but has her sorrows as well. She fantasizes about her future husband and is appalled when he turns out to be not so very good-looking and boorish. The life of a princess turns out not to be all fun and games -- there are many strictures on her behavior and her choices in life. Still, her personality seems to win out and she manages to find joy and friendship with her husband that protects them to an extent from the intrigues and ugliness of a very public court life. Her ultimate fate is briefly summed up in the epilogue.

This book will not appeal to all girls, my daughter was not the least bit interested in reading this, but it will be liked by girls of a very narrow age group who have a romanticized view of royalty and of the past in general.
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LibraryThing member locriian
Read this as a kid because it had a nice design and I liked the author. But I don't like historical fiction so it was pretty boring.

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