Book Reviews

December Book News

Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie Hardcover – 1 Dec 2016 (UK & US) This compelling book begins on the 2nd of August 1793, the day Marie Antoinette was torn from her family’s arms and escorted from the Temple to the Conciergerie, a thick-walled fortress turned prison. It was also known as the [read more]

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Book Reviews

July Book News

The Other Tudor Princess: Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s Niece Paperback – 4 Apr 2016 (UK) & 1 July 2016 (US) The Other Tudor Princess brings to life the story of Margaret Douglas, a shadowy and mysterious character in Tudor history – but who now takes centre stage in this tale of the bitter struggle for [read more]

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Anne of Austria 1549 - 1580

The Louvre & Place de la Concorde

The last stop of my day in Paris was the Louvre. The Louvre is a museum now but it began its life as a royal palace and it was Louis XIV who moved the seat of power to Versailles in 1682. Since 1789, it has housed the museum. The Louvre glass Pyramid is now the [read more]

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Elisabeth of Valois

Marie-Antoinette & The Conciergerie

Marie-Antoinette’s life is one of great controversy. Her death was shocking and left her children at the mercy of revolutionaries. Her son, the titular King, would suffer abuse and an undignified death in captivity nearly two years after his mother. Her daughter, Marie-Therese would be the only survivor of the immediate family. Marie-Antoinette was originally [read more]

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Adelaide of France (1732 - 1800)

The Royal Women of the Basilica of St. Denis

Outside of the Basilica of St. Denis Last weekend I went on a Groupon day trip to Paris. While the organisation around the trip left something to be desired, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I visited several places, and I will be posting them in several articles as I have MANY pictures. My first stop of [read more]

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Maria Josepha of Austria

Maria Josepha of Saxony – Mother of Kings

Maria Josepha of Saxony is not really a well-known person, perhaps because the man she married died before he became King, but she became the mother of three Kings, including the tragic Louis XVI. Maria Josepha was born the daughter of Frederick Augustus II, Prince-Elect of Saxony and King of Poland and Maria Josepha of [read more]