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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (653 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Nagel Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In December 1795, on the midnight stroke of her seventeenth birthday, Marie-Thérèse, the only surviving child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, fled Paris’s notorious Temple Prison. Kept in solitary confinement after her parents’ brutal execution during the Terror, she had been unaware of the fate of her family, save the cries she heard of her young brother being tortured in an adjacent cell.

She emerged to an uncertain future: an orphan, exile, and focus of political plots and marriage schemes of the crowned heads of Europe. Throughout, she remained stubbornly loyal to France and to the Bourbon dynasty of which she was part. However, the horrors she had witnessed and been a victim to would haunt her for the rest of her life.

Many believe to this day that the traumatized princess was switched with her “half-sister” and spirited away to live as “the Dark Countess,” leaving the impostor to play her role on the political stage of Europe. Now, two hundred years later, using handwriting samples, DNA testing, and a cache of Bourbon family letters, Susan Nagel finally solves this mystery.

Nagel tells a remarkable story of an astonishing woman, from her birth, to her upbringing by doting parents, through to Revolution, imprisonment, exile, Restoration, and, finally, her reincarnation as saint and matriarch.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pancha | 1/15/2014

    " I got halfway through the book, to the color plates and the political fits thrown about Madame Royal's marriage, and lost interest. Nothing against the writing, which I enjoyed in the earlier chapters. I just had other things I wanted to read more, so I decided not to renew the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Sankey | 1/13/2014

    " This is a sympathetic and interesting biography of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI's daughter, Marie-Therese, who survived her parents' execution and time in the Temple prison (her brother the Dauphin died) to be traded to her Habsburg Austrian relatives and eventually married to her first cousin and returned to France with the Bourbon restoration. Because of Salic law in France, she couldn't inherit the throne, and was Queen, technically for 20 minutes between the abdication of Charles X and the subsequent signature of his son Angouleme. She then survived the deposition of the Bourbons AND the Orleans monarchies as an exile in Edinburgh and Prague, dying in 1851 on the eve of the Third Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MariaFernanda | 1/8/2014

    " I LOVED this book!! It didn't feel like a boring documentary or anything. It was extremely informative and I learned a lot that helped bolster what knowledge I did have on the French Revolution and all that fun jazz!! It was a little long, but a book should never be spurned because of its length!!! Everyone should read this!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cheryl Makely | 1/2/2014

    " I couldn't stand this book enough to finish it and that's rare for me. Normally, I'll at least push through. Ugh is all I have to say. "

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