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Who was Marie Antoinette?

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jithin7 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM via web

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Who was Marie Antoinette?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 7, 2012 at 1:18 PM (Answer #1)

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Marie Antoinette was the queen of France at the time of the French Revolution.  She was the wife of King Louis XVI.  The two of them were the king and queen of France from 1774 to 1792.

Marie Antoinette was born in Austria in 1755. Her father was the Holy Roman Emperor.  She married Louis, who was not yet king of France, in 1770.  

Marie Antoinette is best known for her bad behavior and her insensitivity to the needs of the people of France.  It is said that her behavior and attitudes helped erode support for the monarchy.  Marie Antoinette strongly opposed all the efforts of the French Revolution.  As a result, she was executed in 1793.

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