Marie-Antoinette for Idiots


marie+antoinette+pour+les+nulsThis is a new book on the old subject. The difference between this one and the others is the brutal directness with which the tragic queen is treated. Marie-Antoinette for Idiots gives us a woman of her times completely de-mystified. I suppose it couldn’t have been written otherwise — the genre, and we should approach the Idiot books as a genre, has little patience for subtleties: the problems are hammered like nails; the opinions are stacked in a dry, methodical manner; for example, on the issue of Count Fersen it quotes the anecdote told by Stefan Zweig where Napoleon refuses to negotiate with the Swedes as long as Fersen heads their delegation; the reason the Emperor gives is Fersen’s lack of decorum vis-a-vis the royal bed. Fersen silently retreats.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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2 Responses to Marie-Antoinette for Idiots

  1. Reblogged this on tiaras and trianon and commented:
    oy vey…

  2. Angelyn says:

    pour les nuls–mon Dieu!

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