Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette (; ; Marie Antoinette Josèphe Jeanne; 2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793) was the last queen of France prior to the French Revolution. She was born an archduchess of Austria, and was the penultimate child and youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. She became dauphine of France in May 1770 at age 14 upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, heir apparent to the French throne. On 10 May 1774, her husband ascended the throne as Louis XVI and she became queen.

As queen, Marie Antoinette became increasingly unpopular among the people; the French ''libelles'' accused her of being profligate, promiscuous, having illegitimate children, and harboring sympathies for France's perceived enemies, including her native Austria. She was falsely accused in the Affair of the Diamond Necklace, but the accusations damaged her reputation further. During the French Revolution, she became known as because the country's financial crisis was blamed on her lavish spending and her opposition to social and financial reforms proposed by Anne Robert Jacques Turgot and Jacques Necker.

Several events were linked to Marie Antoinette during the Revolution after the government placed the royal family under house arrest in the Tuileries Palace in October 1789. The June 1791 attempted flight to Varennes and her role in the War of the First Coalition were immensely damaging to her image among French citizens. On 10 August 1792, the attack on the Tuileries forced the royal family to take refuge at the Assembly, and they were imprisoned in the Temple Prison on 13 August. On 21 September, the monarchy was abolished. Louis XVI was executed by guillotine on 21 January 1793. Marie Antoinette's trial began on 14 October; she was convicted two days later by the Revolutionary Tribunal of high treason and executed, also by guillotine, at the Place de la Révolution. Provided by Wikipedia

by Marie Antoinette
Published 1794
printed for J. S. Jordan, No. 166, Fleet-Street; J. Mathews No. 18, Strand; and T. Boosey, No. 4, Old Broad-Street, Royal Exchange

by Marie Antoinette
Published 1793
printed for J.S. Jordan, No. 166, Fleet-Street; J. Mathews No. 18, Strand; and T. Boosey, No. 4, Old Broad-Street, Royal Exchange

by Marie Antoinette
Published 1794
printed and sold at the Logographic-Press, Printing-House Square, Blackfriars; also sold by J. Owen, No. 168, Piccadilly; and T. Longman, Pater-Noster-Row

by Fagnan, Marie-Antoinette
Published 1750
printed for R. Griffiths, at the Dunciad in St. Paul's Church-Yard

by Lenoir, Marie Antoinette
Published 1791
chez Edwards, Libraire, Pall-Mall

by Lenoir, Marie Antoinette
Published 1795
Chez H. Colbert, Dans 136, Capel-Street