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The Misunderstood Marie Antoinette

Apparently Maria Antoinette never said “Let them eat cake”. It’s highly unlikely that the intelligent, well read and generous queen would ever say such a thing. She was foward thinking and supported Chevalier de Saint-Georges in his bid to became the first black director of the Paris Opera House. Why then was she so unpopular? Her lavish lifestyle led to the French revolution and her subsequent head roll. Here’s a storyboard with a roundup of articles. I hope to shed some light.

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    Did Marie-Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?

    Did Marie-Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?

    It’s one of the most famous quotes in history. At some point around 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie-Antoinette …

    5 Things You Might Not Know About Marie Antoinette

    5 Things You Might Not Know About Marie Antoinette

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    National Geographic - Becky Little

    On the anniversary of her death, we look at the oft misunderstood queen. Marie Antoinette is famous for her decadence. Or her supposed decadence, anyway. By the time she was executed at the guillotine on October 16, 1793 (nine months after her husband, King Louis XVI, was killed the same way), she …

    The Misunderstood Marie Antoinette?

    The Misunderstood Marie Antoinette?

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    NPR - Susan Stamberg

    Marie Antoinette has been a subject for both biographers and novelists. Since before her beheading by French revolutionaries, her life has been analyzed and mythologized. Biographer Antonia Fraser and novelist Sena Jeter Naslund Offer a peek at the life of Marie Antoinette. STEVE INSKEEP, host: Let …

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