Phoenix Giant

Ian Dunlop / Paperback
Presenting an unusually sympathetic portrait of this beautiful and tragic queen, Dunlop tells of the jubilant crowds which greeted her on her marriage to the Dauphin in 1770 and how, twenty-three years later, she would appear before another excited crowd, this time baying for her blood. She was accused of adultery, despoiling the public purse and of being the arch-villain of the Old Regime. Relying largely upon the words of Marie-Antoinette and her contemporaries, Dunlop tells of a child bride, a foolish eighteen-year-old Queen of France, spoilt and selfish, but showing remarkable and unexpected courage and depth of character in the face of crisis.