Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer

The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer (Published by Harcourt, April 12, 2010)

History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned--and so misunderstood--as Marie-Antoinette.
From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone--courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people--but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can't help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette's lifestyle gets ever more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty--and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.
In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last Queen of France.


I have loved everything I have read by Carolyn Meyer and I am sure this book will be no exception. I can't wait to see how she retells Marie Antoinette's story and I higly recommend reading her other books if you love historical fiction.

8 comments:

The Book Bug said...

That cover is... flamboyant, but I'm looking foward to the book noetheless

PolishOutlander said...

That is quite the cover. I have not read any historical fiction based on Marie Antoinette but I'll be sure to keep an eye on this one then. Great pick.

vvb32 reads said...

sounds like this may be just as fun as the sofia coppola movie version.

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Wow, I LOVE Carolyn Meyer's books, and I didn't know she was coming out with a new one!

Great pick, I'm waiting on this one too now :)

MissAttitude said...

Thanks for sharing that she's coming out with a new book! I adore Carolyn Meyer's books, especially the Young Royals series. If she can make Anne Boleyn look good (or at least slightly sympathetic while still staying true to history) than I can't wait to see what she does with the story of Marie Antoinette (the movie with Kirsten Dunst left many questions in my mind).

Melanie said...

Let them eat cake!

I learned in my World History class that she probably never actually said that, but I think that that's probably what she's most famous for. This sounds like a great book! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it.

Ink Mage said...

Thanks for letting me know about Meyer's new book. I'm curious to read it even though her few most recent novels on historical figures seem to have gone way down hill.

Aimee said...

This looks amazing, I need it!

And Melanie, She definitely didn't say Let Them Eat Cake. It was a duchess or something some two centuries before.

 
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