On November 2 Marie Antoinette was born…

On November 2, 1755 Marie Antoinette was born. “Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, was born Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna on November 2, 1755, in Vienna, Austria. She was the 15th and second to last child of Maria Theresa, empress of Austria, and Holy Roman Emperor Francis I. Marie Antoinette lived a relatively carefree childhood. She received an education typical of an 18th century aristocratic girl, focusing primarily on religious and moral principles, while her brothers studied more academic subject matter. With the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War in 1763, the preservation of a fragile alliance between Austria and France became a priority for Empress Maria Theresa; cementing alliances through matrimonial connections was a common practice among European royal families at the time. In 1765, Louis, dauphin de France (also known as Louis Ferdinand), the son of French monarch Louis XV, died. His death left the king’s 11-year-old grandson, Louis-Auguste, heir to the French throne. Within months, Marie Antoinette and Louis-Auguste were pledged to marry each other.

Marie Antoinette Wikipedia / Palace of Versailles

Marie Antoinette
Wikipedia / Palace of Versailles

Marie Antoinette helped provoke the popular unrest that led to the French Revolution and to the overthrow of the monarchy in August 1792. She became a symbol of the excesses of the monarchy and is often credited with the famous quote “Let them eat cake,” although there is no evidence she actually said it. As a 20-year consort to Louis XVI, she was beheaded nine months after he was, on October 16, 1793, by order of the Revolutionary tribunal.” via Biography.com

One thought on “On November 2 Marie Antoinette was born…

  1. Happy Birthday Marie Antoinette

    A gal named Marie Antoinette
    Has been gone now for centuries, yet
    On the day of her birth
    For whatever it’s worth
    We acknowledge this royal coquette

    Vienna is where she was born
    Where traditional costumes are worn
    During festival days
    And in musical plays
    Where the dancers are brightly adorned

    When Marie caught the eye of a Frenchman
    He decided to make her his wench, man
    So she reigned as his queen
    On the royalty scene
    Until facing the wrath of a henchman

    So we say ‘happy day’ to Marie
    Who ruled over the French bourgeoisie
    ’Til her life was cut short
    When condemned by a court
    And beheaded by royal decree

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