of the most widely known figures of the French
Revolution, Marie-Antoinette was an Austrian princess who married
the man who later became Louis XVI
Marie-Antoinette not only had a passion for her country of birth,
but her adopted country as well, and was keen to strengthen ties
between the two.
She was regal, beautiful, graceful and is reported to have had an
aura about her that even put the king into pale comparison.
all her good points, however, she was extravagant and put friends
into key positions, although it has been proved she did not utter
the "let them eat cake" phrase.
During the early stages of the revolution she remained in contact
with Austria, by then at war with
France, and was arrested with Louis XVI and their son, the Dauphin.
Courageous and dignified, even after Louis' beheading, and with
her son separated from her, Marie-Antoinette went regally to her
own death on the guillotine on 16 October