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In December 1795, on the midnight stroke of her seventeenth birthday, Marie-Thérèse, the only suriviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris's notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents' brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortureIn December 1795, on the midnight stroke of her seventeenth birthday, Marie-Thérèse, the only suriviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris's notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents' brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortured in an adjacent cell. She emerged to an uncertain future: an orphan, exile, and focus of political plots and marriage schemes of the crowned heads of Europe. Throughout, she remained stubbornly loyal to France and to the Bourbon dynasty of which she was part. However, the horrors she had witnessed and been a victim to would haunt her for the rest of her life. Many believe to this day that the traumatized princess was switched with her "half-sister" and spirited away to live as "the Dark Countess," leaving the impostor to play her role on the political stage of Europe. Now, two hundred years later, using handwriting samples, DNA testing, and a cache of Bourbon family letters, Susan Nagel finally solves this mystery. Nagel tells a remarkable story of an astonishing woman, from her birth in front of rowdy crowds at Versailles, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration, and, finally, her reincarnation as saint and matriarch....

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  • Anna
    2018-09-22 21:33

    After reading many biographies on Marie Antoinette, I knew she had four children - two died as children, one - Louis XVII - at the Temple Prison in Paris, and the eldest, Marie-Thérèse, survived. But Madame Royale, as Marie-Thérèse was known as eldest daughter of the King, not only survived but went on to live a long and eventful life. Born after years of a childless marriage between Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Marie-Thérèse (named after her grandmother, Austrian Empress Maria Theresa) had a lavish childhood at Versailles. She had loving parents and siblings she adored. But her world came tumbling down with the French Revolution. I very much enjoyed Nagel's portrait of the Revolution - never forgetting Marie-Thérèse's point of view while in their house arrest in the Tuileries or during their ill-fated escape to Varennes. The chapters describing their life at the Temple Prison are heartbreaking, descriptions of the lonely teenager, locked into a disgusting cell, having already lost her father, not knowing her mother and beloved aunt Madame Elisabeth had been guillotined and often hearing her little brother being tortured. And yet is hard to pity Marie-Thérèse: she comes accross as an incredibly strong and confident young woman, and it's easy to see how she would always survive. Once the Directory comes into power Marie-Thérèse's life changes, she manages to escape to her mother's birthplace of Austria and her new life finally begins. As a pawn in the European marriage market she stays in Vienna until her marriage to her first cousin, the Duc D'Angoulême, son of the future Charles X. Alongside her uncle Louis XVIII, Marie-Thérèse would become a powerful woman, going through her many grievances in life with extreme dignity and her head always held high. Marie-Thérèse believed in her duty to the King and France over anything, and her piety and capacity for forgiveness were remarkable. She does truly come to life through Nagel's words, and I really could not stop reading about her story. My only problems with the book were - the lack of notes, but the research is so incredible I can overlook it; and how little the relationship between Duc and Duchesse D'Angoulême was analyzed. But overall, the book was fantastic, and I'm glad to know more about Marie-Thérèse's life. Napoleon called her "the only man" in her family - and he was not mistaken.

  • The Wee Hen
    2018-09-26 18:44

    I don't think I've ever given a thought to whatever happened to Marie-Antoinette's daughter but am I glad I got my hands on this book and read it because Marie-Therese, Madame Royale Of France, was a fascinating woman. Versailles was her childhood home; opulence, deference, divine right and Privilege with a P were hers from birth. But Marie-Antoinette and her husband also instilled a deep and abiding religious faith as well as a serious case of Noblesse Oblige in the little girl that served her well in enduring the terrors committed against her family. Imprisoned for three years during her adolescence she didn't learn that her mother had been guillotined or her little brother slowly starved, beaten and neglected to death until some time after the fact. She remained silent for over a year rather than communicate with her very cruel captors. The young girl had a grave dignity that could not be broken. She finally emerged from prison to deal with the difficult and dangerous politics of her extended family where her cool head and firmly entrenched sense of duty to France afforded her a life of intrigue, power and tremendous respect amongst the royalty of late 18th century & early 19th century Europe. She was as much of a mover and shaker as a woman could be during these complicated and quickly evolving times. She denied herself a great deal of happiness by devoting her every move towards what she truly believed was in the best interests of the Bourbon family and the kingdom she knew was theirs by divine right, her beloved home, France, which she always left only under duress. Her greatest pain was being exiled from the country of her birth, away from the French people whom she always forgave and dearly loved.Nagel writes a lovely biography, bringing Marie-Therese very much to life. Well researched, beautifully paced, I sped through this book with joy. Really good stuff here.

  • Carol
    2018-09-20 21:46

    This excellent biography of the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI gives an outstanding, scholarly but easily-read depiction of the events and atmosphere leading up to her birth and throughout her more than seven decades of life. I was especiallh impressed by the ease with which rumors could be spread in the mostly-illiterate population, by the role of Louis XVI's cousin Louis-Philippe in propagating rumors in the hope of his own succession and Louis-Philippe's disingenousness. He could be a modern sleazy politician. Courts tended to have lots of attendants, they were, in essence, jobs programs. In exile, royals were surrounded by emigres who wanted jobs. The lot of royal females was miserable under Salic law (which demanded male succession, thus making females only useful for marriage bartering, in the usually-vain hope of gaining the friendship of another country.)

  • SlushTurtle
    2018-09-30 00:18

    I got this because it promised to reveal the true story of the "Dark Countess". I had no idea who she was, but she sounded like someone I wanted to get to know. She actually doesn't figure much into this book after all, but the story of Marie Antoinette's only surviving child was thrilling enough to hold my interest. And for the record- I think poor Marie got the shaft from history. I'm going to have to get a book on her next.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-25 20:38

    Fascinating account of the life of Marie-Therese. Before reading this, I knew of her existence but nothing more. What a sad life she led. After her gilded start in life, she was imprisoned (which I knew), had to deal with the deaths of her parents and siblings, married out of duty not love, had no children, and spent her life moving around, seeking (and twice seeing) the restoration of Bourbon rule in France. A particularly interesting part of her story was speculation that she wasn't who she said she was (switched places with her supposed illegitimate half-sister?) and the possibility that her brother hadn't really died in the Temple prison.

  • Juliet-Camille
    2018-10-16 01:33

    This was absolutely excellent! One of the strongest, and well researched biographies of any person I've read in a long time.I've read a lot of books, and biographies, about Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution, and looking back I shutter to realize how seldomly noted her eldest child (her only child to make it to adulthood) is in the historical context of all those collected works. This is a new all time favorite of mine.

  • 1CheekyLass
    2018-10-18 22:41

    Such a sad, sad, story.

  • Louise
    2018-09-25 23:19

    Most important to me in a biography is that the writer lay out the story of the person and the times in an interesting and readable way. For the writer this means finding the right balance between documenting, which can get very dry, and telling, which calls for judgment of what to leave in and out. Susan Nagel has hit a perfect balance. She has sorted through a tremendous number of sources and created what may be the first biography of the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette.Next in importance to me when I read a biography is feeling, at the end, that I know and understand the person who is chronicled. For a subject such as Marie-Therese, the author must bridge the centuries so that the modern reader can actually understand a believer in the divine right of kings. Here, Nagel shows that she has come to know her subject and this period in France and she communicates it very well.History certainly has some interesting twists and turns. The most interesting to me, in this book, is the support of the British monarchy for the Bourbon exiles not long after concluding a war against them. Another smaller curiosity is how in exile, in the rudest of circumstances, the royals maintain protocol. They bow before each other and the leave rooms in a prescribed order.Susan Nagel does a wonderful job. For anyone interested in European history, she has created an excellent read.

  • Lauren Albert
    2018-09-28 20:24

    This is practically a hagiography of the royal family. It is a shame because her obvious tendency to adoration makes her portrayal--sometimes, I'm sure, unfairly--seem less believable. It is an interesting story about someone I knew nothing about. I realize that Nagel might simply be attempting to counter narratives biased in the other way of the "let them eat cake" sort. But the constant references, for instance, to members of the royal family "charming" people made this reader think that perhaps it was a case of "the lady doth protest too much." Perhaps they really were all charming people. But we'd know that only through accounts from people of the time and it would have been better and more believable to let their words portray the royals without the intercession of the author's interpretations.

  • Lynne-marie
    2018-10-12 23:24

    Given her birth to Marie Antoinette, and the loss of the mother, father and younger brother in the French Revolution, you would expect Marie-Therese's life to be full of interest. Instead it's full of horror in it's French half and of dull priggishness once she is returned to the Germans, who allow her to marry back into the French royal family, a course that even the author seems to see as self-destructive. This is living proof that being born a "royal" does not make one a singular person. The book was no doubt historically correct, but was also without a doubt a crashing bore. I hate to have to say this but I cnnot in all conscience recommend it, except to someone with a minutely particular interest in the French Royal family after the revolution.

  • Emily Ross
    2018-09-22 21:19

    I really enjoyed this book. Having read a lot of Marie Antoinette biographies, it became quite difficult finding Marie-Thérèse biographies. The only survivor of the royal family sent to the Temple, Marie-Thérèse comes across as a strong, independent, confident and regal woman. It was incredibly interesting to read about her life after the deaths of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The book itself felt quite easy to read. It was well researched and well written and I really enjoyed reading it.My major complaint about this book was that it was supposed to tell the story of the Dark Countess, and small paragraphs were dedicated to her and the Dark Count occasionally, but I didn’t really learn much about either of them. I didn’t come out of the book knowing much more about them than I did going in. It also disrupted the flow of the book.

  • Colleen McCarthy
    2018-10-18 18:22

    A lot of interesting detail about the French Revolution and the aftermath that I had never heard before - so that kept me reading, but I had 2 big issues with this book:1. It's written as though the French royalty were saints as if everything everyone besides Marie Antoinette, Louis the 16th, and Marie Therese did was right and the rest were wrong...Even the adjectives she uses for everyone else are negative - even though I'm not sure she really has enough historical info to describe some of these people. Yes, what happened to them was gruesome and cruel and the French Revolution was extremely bloody and violent. But the royalty weren't blameless in everything that happened. For instance, one of the reasons the family did not escape before they were guillotined was that Marie Antoinette went on a shopping spree - buying a whole new set of clothes and all sorts of perfumes,etc - that tipped off the revolutionaries that they were trying to flee. She keeps trying to endear us to the royal family by saying things like "the revolutionaries didn't even let them change their clothes for a whole day." Not sure that makes me feel so bad for them compared to the common French citizen who didn't have enough to eat.2. The description of the book talks about the theory of the Dark Countess and a potential switch after Marie Therese escaped the prison with her half sister. However, that's barely touched on in the book and most of the discussion of this is left to an "Afterword" almost like the author forgot to address it until then. So if you are really interested in that story, this isn't the book for you. It's still worth a read if you are interested in the history post-revolution of the French royalty and Europe in general in the 1800s. Would have never learned that there are a bunch of people who are direct descendants of the King who still claim the French throne today in Europe!

  • Holly
    2018-09-28 18:24

    An interesting subject, but the book suffers mightily from the author's inability to express anything but the highest praise for Marie-Therese. She is always intelligent, kind, thoughtful, generous, charitable, etc., never sets a foot wrong, never makes a bad choice -- which makes her, in the end, rather impossible to like. At the same time, the massive events through which Marie-Therese lived are treated so superficially, and so much through a lens of what would or would not benefit or please Marie-Therese, that it is impossible to take any of it seriously. Nagel makes 90% the political crises of the Revolution and Restoration the fault of the greedy, grabbing Orleans family -- Marie-Therese blamed them, so why should we have a wider perspective? She mentions in passing that Count Fersen was in love with Marie Antoinette, but doesn't let the reader know that Fersen was at least plausibly her lover, and certainly a favorite of long standing. An omission like that, along with a strong implication that there would have been plenty to eat in Paris in 1789 if only the revolutionaries hadn't hoarded grain to goad the populace into fury just makes me think Nagel is hopelessly blinkered by her sympathies.

  • Natalie Wright
    2018-09-29 00:20

    2.5Let me preface this super mini review by saying that I think that part of my problem with this book was that I listened to it on audiobook. Keeping track of all of the people in the latter half of the book got to be a bit of a problem, especially because by the time I got about 3/4 of the way through the book I was, admittedly, a little bit bored. My largest problem, however, was that I had a hard time believing some (I repeat: some, not all) of the things that the author said. While I knew next to nothing about Marie Antoinette's sole surviving daughter, I have read and researched extensively on Marie Antoinette herself. There were many instances during Marie Therese that I felt the information contradicted a lot of what I had previously read. I have a long list of things that I plan on researching after this book, so I'm not going to say that the information is entirely inaccurate, I just have my doubts. I will also be locating my physical copy of the book so that I can look at the sources she used and what not. I'll update my review with more thoughts after I compile my findings! Also, all of that being said, I didn't necessarily dislike the book! I did find much of the information about Marie Therese to be very interesting, and I'm excited to research further!

  • Alice
    2018-10-13 00:18

    I enjoyed Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette, so I thought I'd stick with the genre and read about her orphaned daughter, Marie Therese, by Susan Nagel. The first 1/3 of the book sort of re-hashes the history and horror of the beginning of the end of the Bourbon dynasty. The chapters about the family in Temple prison and the be-heading of her parents and death of her younger brother set a good base for capturing Marie Therese as a human being. I found the rest of the book, and her life, somewhat sad-only to end in such a frustrating way. There is an afterword addressing the mystery of the Dark Countess and her story. The author did investigate further to disprove the theory it was Marie Therese, and she did so quite abruptly with no editorial comments. I was curious as to whatever happened to her-and was sad to find that her life was a very difficult and sad one. I would only reccommend this if you are seriously interested in the subject matter and familiar with the history on a basic level. The names, places and dates get confusing at times.

  • Margaret Sankey
    2018-09-19 19:28

    This is a sympathetic and interesting biography of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI's daughter, Marie-Therese, who survived her parents' execution and time in the Temple prison (her brother the Dauphin died) to be traded to her Habsburg Austrian relatives and eventually married to her first cousin and returned to France with the Bourbon restoration. Because of Salic law in France, she couldn't inherit the throne, and was Queen, technically for 20 minutes between the abdication of Charles X and the subsequent signature of his son Angouleme. She then survived the deposition of the Bourbons AND the Orleans monarchies as an exile in Edinburgh and Prague, dying in 1851 on the eve of the Third Empire.

  • Anne
    2018-10-11 20:43

    I thought this was a very well researched and well written, sympathetic portrait of a tragic figure, the only surviving child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France. She took after her father more than her mother, lacking as she did in her mother's charisma, but more than making up for it with her father's extraordinary patience and even serenity during life's great upheavals, of which she experienced many, and many that would have reminded her only too painfully of her original family's destruction. Recommended.

  • LemontreeLime
    2018-10-08 00:38

    I was totally unaware that her daughter survived the revolution, so I had to read this, and i was surprised. Had no idea there was a restored Bourbon King after Napoleon, or that most of the early 1800s was a variation on a theme of the 1700s just less hair powder, or that the Duke of Orleans was potentially responsible for so much chaos and essentially, well, genocide in his bid for taking the throne from Louis 16. Glad I read it, even if it was totally off my radar, and not sure if I will be reading any further books on the subject. Nagel pretty much covered all bases.

  • Helen Azar
    2018-10-10 19:34

    This book was the first one I read which was solely about Marie Therese and not her more famous parents. I thought it gave a pretty overview of her life. I especially found it useful for learning the history of French royalty post- Marie Antoinette/Louis XVI executions, which I wasn't completely on the ball about... I especially liked the few bits about the identity conspiracy, does every royal who went through some sort of a turmoil have to be ttached to those types of conspiracies?

  • Nadine
    2018-09-22 01:37

    I recently re-read this book and remembered that I did not like it after my first reading. Nagel spends unnecessary time on the "Dark Countess" which pretty much has nothing to do with Marie Therese. In fact, if you read this after Antonia Fraser's excellent "Marie Antoinette: A Journey" you will realize that Nagel makes many baseless claims. In the hands of a better researcher Marie Therese's story would have been well worth reading.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-14 01:22

    Super interesting, I didn't know a lot about this period in European history. It was fun to get a different perspective on the French Revolution.

  • Jules
    2018-10-11 02:40

    So many unsourced affirmations. So I stopped reading. Why do everyone hate citations these days?

  • Elizabeth S
    2018-10-04 02:20

    Marie-Thérèse is one of my favorite historical figures, and it was this book that sparked my love.At this point, I have read pretty much everything else I could find in English and French about her in order to supplement the biography and gain a greater understanding, but I have to give a good deal of credit to Nagel’s work for helping develop my interest.With a mother who’s become more of a figure of fantasy than a real, historical person at this point, Marie-Thérèse usually goes overlooked. Sure, she shows up in paintings and is sometimes a character in movies about her mother, usually as a child with little to say. But aside from that, the Duchess d’Angoulême receives little attention.I know not everyone loves reading about history (which is really quite sad, because it’s wonderful!), not everyone’s a Francophile, and not everyone cares about the children of some of history’s most notable players. To their credit, a lot of those kids really aren’t very interesting. Yet Marie-Thérèse is.Of course Madame Royale had a fanciful childhood, but she was also kept in captivity while both of her parents were executed, and she survived while her brother, who would have ruled as king if not for the French Revolution, was tortured and basically encouraged to die in his own filth.The rise of Napoleon means the Bourbon Restoration is barely acknowledged. This makes some sense, because it didn’t last very long, and France does not have a monarchy anymore. But who doesn’t want to learn about the woman who was Queen of France for twenty minutes?I don’t want to write too much about, lest I spoil the whole book (though it is history, so none of it’s really a secret), and I don’t want to seem like my adoration of Marie-Thérèse is clouding my judgment on this book, either.Just like every book in the world, even the very best, this one is not perfect. Even so, it has so many factors in its favor. Two of the most notable in my eyes are that it’s a biography that reads like a story rather than a list of facts, and it sheds light upon an important yet usually ignored figure.If you have any interest in French history, especially surrounding the time of the French Revolution, or if you simply want to learn about a strong but overlooked woman from the past, then I highly suggest you give Nagel’s book a try.

  • Alexandra Butterworth
    2018-09-29 02:45

    Through her book Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s daughter​, Susan Nagel very eloquently retells the long but sorrowful life of the only surviving child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Born years into a childless marriage between the young royal couple of France, Marie Therese had a lavish but demanding childhood. As Nagel states, “[her] patience was frequently tested as she was forced to live and preform in an adult world of unrelenting pomp and circumstance.” This grand lifestyle comes tumbling down at the dawn of the French Revolution within which she witnesses social chaos and countless acts of extreme violence directed toward her family.​Once imprisoned within the walls of the Temple Prison, her childhood officially comes to an end. There were no brief moments of escape left for Therese. Her beloved father was guillotined in the name of the Revolution and she had been locked in a disgusting prison cell within earshot of the atrocities being performed on her last surviving sibling, Louis Charles. She can hear the screams of her innocent young brother as he is raped, infected with diseases, and tortured into admitting that his mother participated in incest with him. All for the sake of the Revolution, the political agendas of men who proclaim themselves leaders, and being able to have an excuse to guillotine the Queen and last monarch. After all her family members’ heads roll she is left to rot in a cell alone and away from her slowly starving and neglected brother. The citizens believed that the children of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were guilty too, due to the mere virtue of their birth. Little did they know that she was the savior they desperately sought. Marie was not aware anyone was actually dead while she sat in her own filth, she only thought they were taken away. She remained silent for over a year, refusing to speak to her captors. Her calm dignity would not be broken. She was not told the truth of her family’s fate until three years into her captivity, before her release which came shortly thereafter.​ Once the Directory came into power, Marie Therese’s life changed once more--not exactly for the better. On her birthday, December 7, 1795, after 3 years, 4 months, and 5 days in prison, she was allowed to escape to her mother’s native country in Austria where her new life and next battle begins. The only thing she had left reminding her of her dead family were locks of their hair, some jewelry, and her brother’s dog (who somehow survived all of those years while they were imprisoned). She learned early that her fate was tied entirely to whichever way the political winds blew. Everyone in Austria wanted Marie Therese to marry the Austrian Archduke. Her loyalties remained to France; she secretly promised to and followed through with marrying her cousin Duc d’Angoulême, in hopes of once more returning to France. Her greatest pain was to be exiled from her home and the people she forgave and loved so dearly. Had she married the Austrian Archduke, who proved to be a good leader, she could have most likely gotten rid of Salic law that dictates a woman cannot rule in France and she would have become Queen in her own right. She instead honored her fathers’ memory. As Nagel said, “she sacrificed her own personal needs for divine right.”​Alongside her husband and her uncle Louis XVIII she becomes a very powerful woman and a force to be reckoned with. Napoleon called her “the only man” in her family, and he was not wrong after finding out how poorly her uncle handled everything. How she remained sane despite the constant bombardment of people claiming to be her dead brother, we may never know; but she met each and every obstacle with dignity, grace, and her head held high. She would not be persuaded by anyone once she set her mind to something and she had had her mind set for a long time. Her loyalty to her home country and her forgiveness for her people never swayed. She was “the angel of forgetting and pardon”, she was loved by her friends, followers, and the people of France despite their hate for her parents. After several returns to France and several exiles, her unwitting legacy to her people was the Third Republic of France.​Marie Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter is an incredibly well researched and well written historical account of Marie Therese’s life during the French Revolution. However, there were several problems amongst all this greatness. The relationship between Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI was very well laid out and the reader knows exactly why they were attached to one another. The relationship between Marie Therese and the Duc d’ Angouleme was hinted at being a good thing, but was it? She seemed to love him and him her, but where is all the context? It comes across as being under analyzed. The reader does not get a clear picture of their love or lack thereof, it was more confusing than anything. The pace in this book was absolutely great until she leaves France and the Temple Prison. From there it went downhill and contained too many unneeded details. Who cares which spas she visited in exile, how long she stayed, and what she did while she was there? Such unnecessary detail made the second half of the book seem to drag on forever.​That being said, Nagel’s book is a gem amongst historical non-fiction. Marie Therese really comes to life when written about so beautifully. One usually doesn’t think about the struggle of the nobility or the royal family when thinking of the Revolution. They think of the peasants and their terrible struggles. Nagel flips that perspective on its head and gives you an inside look at the horrors the Bourbon family witnessed and paints them in a new light. Even though they really never went hungry or unclothed, (except poor Louis Charles) you gain more sympathy for them because, quite frankly, they got the shaft from history and they aren’t given nearly enough credit for it to this day.

  • AvidReader
    2018-09-19 23:42

    The American Revolution, The French Revolution, The Russian Revolution...all different yet similar. How incredible that the USA had Founding Father's such as Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Madison & Hamilton rather than Robespierre, Napoleon, Lenin and Stalin? How tragic was the treatment of the French & Russian royal families....The ability of this young woman raised in such privilege (albeit on the backs of the labor of the starving famers) to survive the horrors of the French Revolution, the isolation of prison, the worry about the sadistic treatment of her younger brother, her mother, and her father...all experiences as a young teenager are simply too horrific to imagine. Marie-Therese's ability to go on to live a very long life it simply incredible. It is so important that people understand the past, the causes of various conflicts, the vast divides in ideologies, the horror that individuals can inflict on others. If we don't understand the past and understand the people who both created and survived the horrors of conflict, we the current generation are bound to repeat the past due to our ignorance, intolerance and lack of empathy and compassion. This particular biography is both fascinating and horrific because it makes the unimaginable real. If the reader cannot understand the horror that this young woman faced and learn from her experiences then we should all be concerned about the future of the human race...the future of our humanity.

  • R Helen
    2018-10-03 22:17

    The tragic story of the fate of the children of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI never ceases to interest. After reading The Lost King of France, I was keen to read what happened to their other child, Marie-Therese. Surprisingly, although Cadbury claims Marie-Therese led an unhappy life trapped in an unhappy marriage, it would seem, according to Nagel's book, that the situation was far more complex.Although she did marry more out of duty than love, the couple did grow to care and love each other. Her public persona was often more stern and serious than her private one. She managed to return to France, not once, but twice; and she travelled the country drawing the people close to her. Obviously the years she spent in prison and knowing that here entire family was killed had a profound effect on her throughout her life; but she managed to persevere and lead a remarkably meaningful life.This book was very interesting and definitely worth reading. I would recommend.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-09 01:41

    This book was fascinating. I was always interested in the French Revolution, but the bulk of history classes and historical fiction focus on the plight of the peasant, or ends with the beheading of Marie Antionette. I never before thought about what happened to the royal children. This book really changed my view of the French Royalty. I have so much more sympathy for them. Marie-Therese is such a tragic figure. It's amazing that she lived such a long and happy life while always maintaining a love for France, and a desire to be its leader.It's a very dense book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Lindsey
    2018-10-13 01:16

    If you could sum up Marie Therese, Child of Terror in three words, what would they be?AdmirableBiographicalAnticlimacticWho was your favorite character and why?Marie Therese is someone to be admired, for sure, but the author gives the reader no other option for protagonist/hero.What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?Her accents were fluid and natural, communicating changes in age, gender, and nationality easily.Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?I think, if done right, this would be a good TV series. It didn't make me laugh or cry, but as I was listening, I could picture the book's scenes in the style of "The Borgias" or "The Tudors." Certainly not enough popular attention has been given to Marie Therese's legacy.Any additional comments?If, like me, you've ever been confused about the order of events during, after the French Revolution, this is a good book for information. Marie Therese's unrelenting loyalty to the French made their major events her own, so Nagel covered them well.This is a very personable account, and Nagel has tried to make part of it a mystery. I understand why she made that move, but it felt anticlimactic considering Marie Therese's life post-Revolution. No mind-blowing information was given, though she trumped up the Dark Countess and other Marie Therese scandals. Drags a bit in the 12-17 chapters.

  • How
    2018-10-17 00:20

    Not recommended for those who are sensitive An excellent book documenting the life if the daughter of marie antoinette. Contains information and perspectives not covered in american public high school history classes. It reads like a novel and less like a biography, which made it enjoyable (to an extent) to read and learn more about french customs at the time of the revolution. Be forewarned, the apt portrayal of tension an 11 year old girl might feel at being imprisoned and her family murdered comes through after all these years and makes for a tearful read.

  • Stuart Miller
    2018-10-09 19:37

    A biography of the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who was imprisoned and treated harshly for the "crime" of being a member of the royal family. Her escape from revolutionary France and subsequent travails as an exile make for absorbing reading and while modern day readers are unlikely to accept her absolutist politics, they will surely feel sympathy for the many tragedies of her life and her ability to survive them.