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Marie Antoinette ( ˈmæri ˌæntwəˈnɛt)

I wanted to write about Marie Antoinette because I mentioned her in my ” Interesting Moments in Hair’s History” post, so I wanted to give more information about her.

Marie Antoinette was born in Hoffburg Palace, Vienna, Austria, on November 2nd, 1755.  She was the 15th of 16 children born in an Austrian royal family!  That’s incredible because I’ve never heard of anyone with that many siblings.

At the age of 14 she traveled to France where she got married to her 15-year-old husband.  They were married to form a better alliance between Austria and France.   Marie Antoinette was forced into marrying the future king of France, Louis XVI (16th).  She got married to him on May 16, 1770.  After being married, she lived in the palace of  Versailles.  She had nobody to talk to, her family was far away and she was frowned upon by the French because she was an outsider and she was not used to their customs.  Her husband had little interest in her and often away from home, he was more into his passions, like hunting, geography and mathematics.  They had 4 children, but 3 of them died before childhood.  The first born and only surviving child, a daughter named Marie Thérèse grew up to be a Duchess.  Marie Thérèse was born on 19 December 1778 in Palace of Versailles.

Marie Antoinette would host elegant parties to make her feel happy and less lonely.  She spent a lot of money on clothes, shoes, hair, makeup and on fancy foods.  The fancy lifestyle was upsetting to the working class, Madame Deficit is what Marie Antoinette was called by angry groups that were tired of  her reckless overspending.  People were getting frustrated at their declining quality of life and freedom, while the elites lived lavishly off of the common folks.  Inspired my the American Revolution, french citizens started a revolution of their own.  The growing and starving mobs were sick of being taken advantage of and stormed into the castle on the 16th of  October 1793 .  Marie Antoinette was imprisioned and later she was killed at the age of 37.

One of the most famous quotes credited to Marie Antoinette, was most likely made up as propaganda to further the cause of the French Revolution. There is no proven evidence that Marie Antoinette ever said “Let them eat cake.”  She had an amazing sense of style and her hair was big and grand, but she was in an overwelming situation and didnt know how to cope with the challenges of her life, so she ignored her problems and focused on fashion and having fun.

Sources:

http://www.answers.com/Q/In_what_castle_did_Marie_Antoinette_live

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Antoinette

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_of_France

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-marie-antoinette

 

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