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Last Queen of France: Marie Antoinette born this date in 1755

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  • axel
    Marie Antoinette was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2012
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      Marie Antoinette was the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
      As her life began there was little hint of this total reversal of life's fortunes. Marie Antoinette was born in 1755 at very apex of the European social pyramid.

      She was born a princess and archduchess, the 15th daughter of Maria Teresa, Empress of Austria. The Hapsburg house of Austria was the oldest royal house of Europe, and the young princess enjoyed the relaxed environment of the Schonbr├╝nn Palace and the indulgence of tutors her parents, brothers and sisters.

      So begins the biography I wrote of Queen Marie Antoinette that can be found at
      http://www.marie-antoinette.org/articles/biography_english/#more-877

      Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, was born 257 years ago today, November 2, in 1755.

      Axel
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