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Farewell My Queen - Chantal Thomas

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780743260787
Number Of Pages: 233

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It was once the job of Madame Agathe-Sidonie Laborde to read books aloud to Marie-Antoinette. Now exiled in Vienna, she looks back twenty-one years to the legendary opulence of Versailles and meticulously reconstructs July 14, 15, and 16 of 1789.

When Agathe-Sidonie is summoned to the Queen's side on the morning of the 14th, Versailles is a miniature universe, sparkling with every outward appearance of happiness and power, peopled with nobles of minutely calibrated rank, and run according to a hundred-year-old ritual called the Perfect Day. But with the shocking news that someone has woken the King in the night, order begins to disintegrate and word of the fall of the Bastille seeps into court. Soon Versailles's beauty is nothing more than a shell encasing rising panic and chaos. Agathe-Sidonie watches as the Queen's attempts to flee are aborted; her most intimate friend betrays her; and the King, appearing to sleepwalk through this crisis, never alters his routine of visiting the Apollo Salon several times a day to consult a giant crystal thermometer.

From the tiniest garret to the Hall of Mirrors, where Marie-Antoinette stands alone and terrified in the dark, Chantal Thomas shows us a world on the edge of oblivion and an intimate portrait of the woman who, like "fire in motion," was its center.

Industry Reviews

Susan Lynne Harkins

"Orlando Sentinel"

Illuminating...intimate....The charm of its language, Thomas's thorough research, and her compassion for her subject not only imbue the novel with remarkable authenticity but also render it a memorable billet-doux to a bygone France.

Ron Charles

"The Christian Science Monitor"

A fascinating portrayal...gorgeous details.

Alan Riding

"The New York Times Book Review"

Delightful...vivid and elegant... a rich tableau vivant...in these pages the ill-fated queen is allowed to be human.

Zofia Smardz

"The Washington Post Book World"

Elegant, powerful...no ordinary historical novel...a bravura glimpse into a dreamlike life that seemed to have nowhere to go but into oblivion.

Prologue: Vienna, February 12, 1810p. 1
Versailles, July 14, 1789p. 19
July 15, 1789p. 49
July 16, 1789p. 105
Vienna, January 1811p. 227
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ISBN: 9780743260787
ISBN-10: 0743260783
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 233
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.21  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3

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