Marie Antoinette was not well liked by the French public for multiple reasons. The public saw Antoinette as a foreigner because she was not born in France. The French public thought Marie Antoinette was always influencing Louis XVI. She had very few political powers as queen, her main job was to produce a male heir. She was very slow to produce an heir which caused the French public to grow to dislike herher. In many illegal pamphlets Marie Antoinette would often be depicted as ignorant, the “Austrian Whore” (Broedel, 2005), and “Madame Déficit” (Fraser, 2001). Countless pornographic drawings would depict the queen with both females and males. Marie Antoinette believed she could be both Louis XVI’s mistress and wife. The French public only saw Marie Antoinette as a mistress, not as the queen. Rumors circulated that Marie Antoinette was sleeping with Louis XVI’s brother. The public thought she did not take her position of being queen of France very seriously. Marie Antoinette would often attend operas, throw parties at Versailles, and gamble while the French public starved. Antoinette wore the latest and most expensive fashions while people in France were very poor. Marie Antoinette was one of France’s most controversial figures mostly due to the French’s view of her. T...
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... was found guilty in front of an all male court to treason, theft, and sexual assault against her son. Her son, Louis Charles was forced to say his mother sexually assaulted him so the court could convict her on more charges. On October 16, 1793, (Delors, 2010) Marie Antoinette was guillotined to death. She died when she was 37, two weeks before her 38 birthday.
Marie Antoinette death was the result of the social and political issues that led to the French Revolution. Historians are still studying the life of Marie Antoinette as she was a major political character (Fraser, 2001). Even though the French public viewed the majority of Marie Antoinette’s negatively during the end of her life she was viewed with a lot of courage and compassion to others (Broedel, 2005). Without Marie Antoinette’s actions while she was in power France would not be the same as it is today.
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