Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna (November 2, 1755, to October 16, 1793), better known as Marie Antoinette, was the last queen of France who helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and to the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792. This read was excellent. Born in 1755, this carefree, fun-loving daughter of Austrian empress Maria Theresa inherited neither her mother's political shrewdness nor her sense of duty. The author captures all the drama and pathos of Marie Antoinette's short life. Here are some tidbits that I learned: 1.

I didn't know much about Marie Antoinette, beyond the basics, so this book was fascinating. This volume is a biography of the Archduchess of Austria and the Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). Intriguing and insightful! 2. Marie Antoinette was the 15th (yep, that's right) child of the Empress of the Austrian empire.