Marie Antoinette was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1755 November 2. Her real name is “Maria Antonia Joanna”.
Marie Antoinette was the 15th child of Maria Theresa and Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph. Marie Antoinette married future French king XVI. Louis when she was 15, in 1770. After the death of king Louis XV. of France, young couple became the rulers of France. Marie Antoinette was never considered as French, people called her as “australian woman”.
Marie Antoinette did not appreciate the value of money, never missed a chance to gamble with friends and bought expensive jewelries.
On 14 July 1984, a crowd of people walked to the Bastille Prison, the symbol of royal autohority in Paris. News did not reach to Versaille Palace untill midnight. When the king XVI. Louis heard the events, he asked “Is this a rebellion?”. Duke Rochefoucauld-Liancourt said “No, this is a revolution.”
In the French revolution that began in 1789, king could not accept any reforms that would diminish his power. Marie Antoinette and the royal family were captured in Varennes while trying to flee to Austria on 21 June 1791.
On 10 August 1792, the constitutional monarchy was terminated by declaring that the king and queen’s powers were abolished, royal family were imprisoned.
King Louis XVI. of France, judged and found guilty as a traitor therefore guillotine executed on 21 January 1793. Marie Antoinette was charged with giving away the state money to enemies of France. Marie Antoinette found guilty as a traitor and sentenced to death.
Marie Antoinette was executed by guillotine on 16 October 1793 in the Concorde Square in Paris, France.
Did you know the famous saying “Let them eat cake” is not historically correct and there is no evidence that Marie Antoinette said that?