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Marie Antoinette's world

Marie Antoinette's world
intrigue, infidelity, and adultery in Versailles

  • ISBN: 9781538138243
  • Editorial: The Rowman & Littlefield
  • Lugar de la edición: Lanham (MD). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 320
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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This riveting book explores the little-known intimate life of Marie Antoinette and her milieu in a world filled with intrigue, infidelity, adultery, and sexually transmitted diseases. Will Bashor reveals the intrigue and debauchery of the Bourbon kings from Louis XIII to Louis XV, which were closely intertwined with the expansion of Versailles from a simple hunting lodge to a luxurious and intricately ordered palace. It soon became a retreat for scandalous conspiracies and rendezvous—all hidden from the public eye. When Marie Antoinette arrived, she was quickly drawn into a true viper's nest, encouraged by her imprudent entourage. Bashor shows that her often thoughtless, fantasy-driven, and notorious antics were inevitable given her family history and the alluring influences that surrounded her. Marie Antoinette's frivolous and flamboyant lifestyle prompted a torrent of scathing pamphlets, and Bashor scrutinizes the queen's world to discover what was false, what was possible, and what, although shocking, was most probably true.

Readers will be fascinated by this glimpse behind the decorative screens to learn the secret language of the queen’s fan and explore the dark passageways and staircases of endless intrigue at Versailles.

Author’s Note


Family Tree


Part I: Enigmatic Versailles

1 Louis XIII’s Château of Debauchery

2 Louis XIV’s Reign of Bosoms and Cockles of the Heart

3 The Parc-aux-Cerfs: Louis XV’s Private Bordello

À Savoir: Marie Antoinette’s Handwriting (Vienna, Austria)

Part II: Marie Antoinette, Dauphine of France (1770–1774)

4 The Strawberry Blonde Arrives

5 New Friends, New Enemies, and the Princes Charmants

6 Fans and the Art of Seduction

À Savoir: Marie Antoinette’s Handwriting (1770–1774)

Part III: The Barren Queen’s Temptations (1774–1778)

7 Gallant Pursuers

8 Décampativos and Risky Diversions

9 Questionable Relationships with Women

À Savoir: Marie Antoinette’s Handwriting (1774–1778)

Part IV: The Queen’s Regrets (1778–1792)

10 Charlot and Toinette’s Love Affairs: A Play Stolen from V——

11 The Austrian Woman on the RAMPAGE, or the Royal Orgy: An Operatic Proverb

12 Description of the Royal Menagerie of Living Animals

13 Filth, Sex, and Erotica in Magnificence

? À Savoir: Marie Antoinette’s Handwriting (1778–1792)

Part V: A Queen Dethroned and Diseased (1792–1793)

14 Maladies Vénériennes at the Court of Versailles

15 Maladies Vénériennes and the Unthinkable

16 Cancer Rising and Sun in Scorpio

? À Savoir: Marie Antoinette’s Handwriting (1792–1793)

Part VI: The Verdict

17 The Last Testament

18 Guilty?



Selected Bibliography

List of Illustrations and Credits


About the Author


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