Born in 1755 in Vienna, Austria to the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and empress Maria Theresa, Antoinette’s fate had a predetermined fate. Her influential parents gave her a role of power and importance by marrying Antoinette off to future king Louis XVI at the age of fifteen, who she had never met before. They had a difficult and unhappy marriage, adding to the queen’s list of problems. Her role involved s...
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...mity for self-obsessiveness and inappropriate behavior. By looking at primary sources from peasant’s point of view, one may believe she did misbehave, but by examining her private letters to close family and friends, Antoinette demonstrates true selflessness and pride in her position. In a letter to her mother, her joy when meeting poor villagers exemplifies her true compassion towards the citizens. Her patience and love towards the public, even after they made inappropriate jokes about her demonstrates her self-confidence because she refused to let these remarks bring her down. Her composure during the trial where she faced charges possibly resulting in death also established her self-confident nature. Unfortunately, Antoinette’s still perceived as a rude, self-centered woman because of misinterpretations by the eighteenth century French society and scholars today.
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