Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

Post  martha hildreth on Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:01 pm

Marie Antoinette was born in 1755 in Vienna, Austria. This was a time of great instability for European monarchies. In 1766 to keep the alliance of the French throne and the Habsburg throne, Her mom Maria Theresa promised her daughter’s hand to Louis XVI of France. Their big ceremony was 1770 and it took place in the royal chapel of Versailles. At this event 5000 guests were invited. The pubic life that Marie Antoinette lived was hard for her, as was her marriage. She didn’t really have duties, so she spent most of her time socializing and wasting money in unnecessary things, while France was under extreme poverty. She is known for throwing big feasts with lots of food, while most of the population in France couldn’t afford a piece of bread.

It is proven that the queen did not cause the economic problems in France; they were a consequence of the eighteen-century colonial wars, particularly the American Revolution. This revolution had created a huge debt and had put every individual of France to pay great amounts of taxes to cover it. On the other hand, the people who owned most of the property in France, like the Catholic Church and the nobility, did not have to pay taxes. Louis XVI tried to impose a new form of taxation, but the nobility refused it. People began to blame Marie Antoinette and began to call her “Madame Voto”, but she wasn’t the only wealthy person who defended the privileges of the aristocracy, but she was the one who was blamed for it.

Antoinette’s reputation worsened, when she had to go to Paris because rumor had it that her brother was about to invade France and overthrow the government. After that she was known as a traitor. Soon there was a campaign against Antoinette and with time grew stronger. The final stroke was when her son accused her of sexual abuse and she was sent to the guillotine at the age of 37.

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