Marie Antoinette

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When people think of The French Revolution, they think of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. The blame for The French Revolution was put mostly on her.  Marie Antoinette is a misunderstood historical figure who does not deserve the bad name she has been given. She was the first victim of bad publicity, for example, the infamous saying “Let them eat cake”. Marie Antoinette did contribute to the debt the French state was in, but only slightly. Her husband, Louis XVI’s, grandfather contributed to the debt much more than her or Louis XVI did. She did not do enough damage to be blamed entirely for the debt and revolution.

Marie Antoinette was born in Vienna, Austria as an Archduchess. Marie was the fifteenth child of the Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. Marie did not exactly have the ideal childhood. Marie’s mother sometimes neglected her because there were many other children to take care of. In an article on Wikipedia it says, “Maria Antonia later described her relationship with her mother as one of awe-inspired fear” (“Marie Antoinette” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia). To end the bad relationship between Austria and France, Marie was arranged to marry the fourteen year old dauphin of France, Louis Auguste. After getting married, Marie was officially restyled from Maria Antonia to Marie Antoinette, Dauphine Of France (“Marie Antoinette” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia).

Marie and Louis did not consummate their marriage for seven years. Her mother constantly criticized her for it, going as far as saying she was no longer pretty. Because of the lack of affection from both her mother and her husband, Marie started to spend more and more money on parties, gambling, clothes and the like (“Marie Antoinette” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia).

Marie was definitely not the cause of The French Revolution. Her husband’s grandfather, Louis XV should take more of the blame. During Louis XV’s reign (which was from 1715-1774) he spent extreme amounts of...
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