history meme | 1/9 kings or queens | marie antoinette

Marie Antoinette (November 1755 – 16 October 1793), born an Archduchess of Austria, was Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. She became Queen at age 18, to Louis XVI, and rejected the political responsibilities that came with it. After seven years of marriage, she had her first child. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her, and accused her of being promiscuous  despite her prudish nature, and consorting with French enemies, namely her country of origin, Austria. Her luxurious lifestyle and lavish spending angered the French people, who were suffering from poverty, and were frustrated with her lack of political influence. The Diamond Necklace incident further ruined her reputation. Although she was completely innocent in this affair, she became known as Madame Déficit. The monarchy was abolished in 1792, and eight months after her husband’s execution, Marie was tried to the conventions of treason by the principles of the revolution, and subsequently executed by guillotine. Since her death, Marie Antoinette has been ingrained in popular culture, especially with the quote “Let them eat cake!” which has since been proven a false quote.

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