“Thousands of people flocked to the palace to admire the royal couple as they crossed the Hall of Mirrors to the Royal Chapel. Marie Antoinette, radiant in her white and silver brocade dress and without a hint of trepidation, crossed the hall with a stride of the utmost boldness.”
Marie Antoinette is one of the most intriguing and controversial historical figures of all time. Her coronation in 1774 turned French history on its head and her tragic death at the guillotine marked the end of an era.
From the splendour of the palace of Versailles to the chilling Bourbon crypt in Saint-Denis, from the dank passageways of the Conciergerie to the reserved balcony at the Opera and the secret apartment on rue Royale, this volume, a cross between historical biography and sophisticated tourist guide, offers a spectacular journey through the Paris of Marie Antoinette, around the places which marked her incredible and unique life, following an itinerary which involves castles, palaces, gardens, prisons, cafés and museums.
An original, unique journey with a truly exceptional companion who will reveal more curiosities about her personality and her extravagant life at the royal court.
Alice Mortali was born in Castelfidardo (Ancona) in 1980. After moving to Bologna, she has devoted many years to historical research with a particular focus on significant female figures between the 16th and 19th centuries. She is a blogger and a researcher, and has collaborated with the magazine BBC History and various websites. Since 2013, she has been the president of the Italian Marie Antoinette Association – AIMANT (Associazione Italiana Maria Antonietta).