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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: March 2008 ISBN: 9781415945186
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye Faye | 12/20/2013

    " Being a massive Marie Antoinette fan I particularly liked reading the first half of this book (well, not liked liked obviously). The second half of the book I quite enjoyed also as I did not know much about the life of Marie Therese post Temple Prison. Recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany2828 | 12/18/2013

    " Although this book was well-researched in essence, the writing is plodding and slow and lacks any of sort of spontaneity or enthusiasm. The author seems so intent on recounting the long history of Marie-Therese's life that she overlooks the need to analyze the character of her subject, to draw her out. Thus Marie Therese appears intolerably priggish and a hopelessly dull subject, despite her unique birth and place in history. Give it a read if this period of history or the history of royals interests you, otherwise you will be terribly bored. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadine | 12/6/2013

    " I recently re-read this book and remembered that I did not like it after my first reading. Nagel spends unnecessary time on the "Dark Countess" which pretty much has nothing to do with Marie Therese. In fact, if you read this after Antonia Fraser's excellent "Marie Antoinette: A Journey" you will realize that Nagel makes many baseless claims. In the hands of a better researcher Marie Therese's story would have been well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/28/2013

    " Excellent story. Very tragic life of Marie Antoinette's Daughter, the only one to survive the Terror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/21/2013

    " Fascinating account of Marie Antoinette's only surviving child who lives into old age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 11/19/2013

    " I never knew the sad, sad story of the children of Marie Antoinette until I read this book. Although tragic, this book was a wonderful read. The strong spirit of Marie-Therese is the stuff movies are made of. There should be more stories of this heroic woman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 10/26/2013

    " this is a segment of history i didn't know much about. she was fascinating and tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/17/2013

    " Excellent account of Marie-Therese's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alie | 8/16/2013

    " I'm finding this book interesting but limited. It gives lots of details but hasn't been able to give me a true picture of Marie Therese, who she was, it is more about where she was and what she did there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 6/11/2013

    " The bummer of historic biographies: nobody makes it out alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Dixon | 4/28/2013

    " Read like a history book but very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/9/2012

    " A very interesting and different perspective on the French Revolution and its aftermath. And rather readable for history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Smith | 11/24/2011

    " This was a good book about the last of the Burbons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois Clark-Johnston | 5/7/2011

    " The fate of the daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 12/13/2010

    " Being a massive Marie Antoinette fan I particularly liked reading the first half of this book (well, not liked liked obviously). The second half of the book I quite enjoyed also as I did not know much about the life of Marie Therese post Temple Prison. Recommended read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 9/12/2010

    " I never knew the sad, sad story of the children of Marie Antoinette until I read this book. Although tragic, this book was a wonderful read. The strong spirit of Marie-Therese is the stuff movies are made of. There should be more stories of this heroic woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 7/19/2010

    " I loved learning about her. Marie-Therese had the most amazing life I have ever read about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emazn | 4/15/2010

    " pretty good... It's kind of a 2.5 for me though... it took me a long time to get through-- i'm not big on biographies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/25/2009

    " Excellent story. Very tragic life of Marie Antoinette's Daughter, the only one to survive the Terror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/29/2009

    " This was a good book about the last of the Burbons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kazia | 5/29/2009

    " A well detailed book but not very much new information. I am still fascinated by the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delta | 4/21/2009

    " Read as a continuation of the Marie Antoinette story... history I was not at all familiar with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pancha | 3/4/2009

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alie | 1/9/2009

    " I'm finding this book interesting but limited. It gives lots of details but hasn't been able to give me a true picture of Marie Therese, who she was, it is more about where she was and what she did there. "

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About the Author

Susan Nagel is the bestselling author of Mistress of the Elgin Marbles and a critically acclaimed book on the novels of Jean Giraudoux. She has written for the stage, screen, scholarly journals, and Town and Country. She is a professor in the humanities department at Marymount Manhattan College and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.