'Count me the stars'
I've recently become a little bit obsessed with Marie Antoinette. I've noticed how popular she is throughout the blogging world and have never really understood why. I saw the Sofia Coppola film starring Kirsten Dunst and while I appreciated the beautiful settings and costumes I didn't really feel an emotional connection to the woman. It was the beautiful costumes that actually began my interest and now that I have done more research I feel like I might have been mistaken in my understanding of who she was. I read a quote by one of Marie Antoinette's maids Madame Campan who said this about the Queen: "I who for fifteen years saw her attached to her august consort and her children, kind to her servitors, unfortunately too polite, too simple, too much on an equality with the people of the Court, I cannot bear to see her character reviled. I wish I had a hundred mouths, I wish I had wings and could inspire the same confidence in the truth which is so readily accorded to lies."
In Croker's essays Marie Antoinette is called "one of the purest of human beings" and the author writes that the accusations against her morals are a "gross calumny". I know that history creates personas for its actors and I can't really know for certain the sort of person that she genuinely was, but I feel sadness for her tragic death and for the violence of the time in which she lived. I wanted to celebrate the beauty of Marie Antoinette and so I found some lovely items on etsy to share with you and drew a new picture. I hope you enjoy looking at these beautiful things and will perhaps do a little research of your own about this beautiful lady. Vivre bien et avec amour!
(quotes from http://www.marie-antoinette.org/about/)
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20. Drawing by Jennelise