Mary Antoinette

June 2, 2012 | In: Famous Women in history


Marie Antoinette was born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna on November 2, 1755, in Vienna. She was the daughter of powerful Maria Theresa.

She was just a little girl when she discovered her talents for music ant art; she even played with Mozart, if you know what I mean.

When she was only 14 years old, she married Dauphin Louis-Auguste, the son of King Louis XV of Versailles. She was very criticized by many because she didn’t have the child of her husband in the first 7 years of her marriage. She didn’t respond to any criticism, because she knew what the real motive was: Dauphin didn’t have sexual intercourse with her not even once in 7 years.

In 1774, his father in law died and so she became Queen. Soon after, her mother started to send many letters, which Mary ignored completely. She had other things on her mind, things that also attracted criticism. Among them was fashion, cutting down the number of staff members and of course, her admirable attitude towards starving prisoners. She once said: Let them eat cake.

But the worst part was yet to begin. In 1789, after the French Revolution, she and her husband were moved from Versailles to Paris and kept as prisoners. In 1793, her husband was beheaded and so she knew her time will soon come.

On October 14, 1793, Mary Antoinette wrote a forgiveness letter to her sister in law. Then, at 10 in the morning, after apologizing for stepping on the executioner’s foot, she was beheaded, at 37 years old, with no proof of any crime.

 


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