The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

A Novel

Carolly Erickson: Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Macmillan Audio

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For more than two centuries Marie Antoinette has been vilified as the heartless, frivolous queen who spent lavishly while her people starved. Now, in the tradition of The Birth of Venus and The Other Boleyn Girl, this moving novel tells her side of the story.

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 us 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 on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing flight from France in disguise, her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her beloved son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen’s voice, her hopes, her dreads, 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.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Carolly Erickson's historical novel The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette. 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.

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“The old ‘let them eat cake’ myth has once and forever been exploded, yet the author resists the temptation to sentimentalize or simplify the maddeningly complex character of Marie Antoinette.” —Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

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Carolly Erickson: Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

Distinguished historian CAROLLY ERICKSON is the author of The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra and a dozen other prize-winning biographies. She lives in Hawaii.

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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
A Novel
Carolly Erickson: Read by Maggi-Meg Reed

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Abridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
September 2005
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593978303
ISBN10: 1593978308
Audio Run Time: 5:00
$12.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312361501
ISBN10: 0312361505
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429904063
ISBN10: 1429904062
352 pages
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