What are the best non-fiction books about Marie Antoinette?

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    #1Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a biography book written by Antonia Fraser that aims to clear the air over the controversies regarding one of the most iconic royalties in history. It was written in November 2002.

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    Billy Fernandez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was a pretty good read, but got a bit boring at times. I know, it's non-fiction, but there's almost always something to write about to keep the reader interested, and this fell a bit short. Marie Antoinette was a powerful figure, and this didn't quite do her justice as a biography."
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    #2Walks Through Marie Antoinette's Paris

    Walks Through Marie Antoinette's Paris

    Walks Through Marie Antoinette's Paris is a historical book written by Diana Reid Haig that tries to connect modern Paris to the time when the lavish royalty was in power. 

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    #3The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette

    The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette

    The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette is a historical photo book written by Marie-France Boyer and with photos by Francois Halard. It gives a deeper look into the life of the iconic French queen, from her jewelry to her bedroom and to her gardens.

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    Doris Welch
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Although I have not read this book, it seems to be an interesting read for those who likes this kind of reading. Marie Antoinette seems to have had an interesting life, she was married and fifteen and she also became a Queen of England at age 20. Marie experienced quite a life, she was romanticized as the martyred queen, admired as the personification of eighteenth-century French royal style, and vilified as the Austrian whose frivolous extravagance and foreign sympathies fired the French Revolution. The photos by Francis Halard made the book come to life. "
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    #4Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles

    Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles

    Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles is the historical photo book written by Christian Duvernois and pictured by Francois Halard. It aims to give a deeper look into the lavish gardens in Versailles.

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    Divya Patil
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "There are some beautiful architectural photos in this book. This lends a different spin to Marie Antoinette as the photos capture her love for her home. I wouldn't recommend this book as a starting point to learn more about her though, this is more of a picture book than biography."
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    #5To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette

    To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette

    To The Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette is a biography book written by Carolly Erickson that aims to paint one of the most iconic figures in European history in a new light. It was first published in July 2004.

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    Muhammad Chavan
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "one of the finest books about Marie Antoinette and highly rated by amazon reviewers, offers a great solution for the search given."
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    #6There were Three of Us in the Relationship

    There were Three of Us in the Relationship

    There were Three of Us in the Relationship: The Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette is the first volume of the book written by Margaret Anne MacLeod containing the letters written by the iconic French Queen.

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    Kathleen Guerrero
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This book, covering all of her life in her own writing, has given the best coverage of Marie Antoinette and what her life was like from her own point of view. Others can read what history said or read what Marie actually thought and felt as she suffered through her marriage and the hate everyone cast her way. Nothing could be more pertinent to understanding Marie Antoinette than her own letters."
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    #7From Marie-Antoinette's Garden

    From Marie-Antoinette's Garden

    From Marie-Antoinette's Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album is a picture book that gives a tour of Marie-Antoinette's palace in Versailles. It was written by Elisabeth De Feudeau with a foreword from Catherine Pegard.

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    Megan Welch
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "If someone wants to learn about Marie Antoinette, this is the book to go. I have read this book multiple times, and the book is just stunning. There is just enough historical information to complement the images. "
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    #8Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France is a biography book written by Evelyne Lever that aims to give a fresh account of the scandalous and controversial life of one of the iconic figures in history. It was published in 2000.

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    John Martinez
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "A riveting read that will leave you wanting to know more! From innocence to charming wit and adored by most of the court, Marie Antoinette had many of the same human experiences and emotions as we do today and we see her challenges frustrate her, elate her, and spin her into despair and fear. She indulged herself and her court in many parties, clothes, jewels, and excess until the wary people of France had had enough. In the end, excess always pays a high price."
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    #9Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman

    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman
    Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman is a classic biography written by Stefan Zweig. This book is translated by M. Eden Paul and Cedar Paul. First published in 1932, this book is published in 2002 by Grove Press.
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    Jonathan Black
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Learned about her in school, saw this book and gave it a try. Kind of boring, but I finished it. "
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