She was a fashion setter, and her high hairstyles and elaborate dresses set the standard for all well dressed ladies. She spent lavishly on entertaining her friends and on decorating her apartments and gardens at Versailles. But as the French economy worsened and food prices rose, she and the rest of the aristocracy came under increasing public criticism.
King Louis XVI
He was intelligent, Erickson writes, but without the required political savvy and decisiveness needed from a leader. He was eventually imprisoned after losing control of the French government.
Queen Maria Theresa of Austria
She was a strict mother who held definite views on morality and the proper role of the nobility in society, which she tried to pass on to her children.
A Swedish nobleman who became the friend and lover of Antoinette.
King Louis XV
He was an indifferent ruler who left...
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