Louie upon taking his first glance at Marie was breathtaking. Marie Antoinette is depicted as an absolute beauty . But beauty is at the eye of the beholder, plus she was the queen so many portraits of her might have been fudged a bit to make the unbeautiful seem gorgeous. Marie was actually not all that attractive. She had body problems, such as a hump and other deformities. Louie, despite the look of her, was in love at first sight. In 1770 by ways of bribes and offers to the Antoinette family the two were married.
The bribe to get Marie’s hand in marriage was one of the first mistakes that Louie had faced. Louie showered Marie with jewelry and hundreds of dresses. Marie got exactly what she asked for every time she asked for it. This had a horrible affect on the economy in France. All of this buying of dresses and jewelry for the queen was depleting the French money. She was said to have dresses of gold. Some dresses even were covered in diamonds. Marie had a huge amount of dresses all different and all extravagant. There is little doubt that Marie was one of the most well dressed queens in France’s history. Not only did she need dresses, she wanted many other exotic things...
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... people on October 16, 1793 the revolutionaries put Marie Antoinette to death by guillotine . This really made Austria mad at France making them a enemy to France.
For all of these reasons and more I believe that the biggest reason for the downfall of Louis XVI and the French revolution is Marie Antoinette. There is hundreds of cases where you can go through and point to different mistakes Marie made. If it was not for this woman history would be a lot different as we know it. France may not have went through all the hell they went through in the years following. Marie Antoinette was the worst mistake Louis XVI made in his rein of France.
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