The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution. Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.
Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life, from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.
Includes a bonus interview with the author and her editor.


What the Critics Say

"Erickson's lively account reveals a woman whose bravery and resilience seem as noteworthy as the bloody details of her demise." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Probably not for history buffs of the 18th

Probably not for those specifically interested in this period of history... Well written, so worth the listen BUT it is not made clear this is a FICTIONAL STORY inspired by the historic events.
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- Tatyana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio