Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
By Antonia Fraser
France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the notorious “Let them devour cake,” used to be the topic of ridicule and interest even earlier than her demise; she has in view that been the article of dialogue and hypothesis and the fascination so usually accorded tragic figures in historical past. Married in mere girlhood, this basically lighthearted, privileged, yet differently unremarkable baby used to be thrust into an unheard of time and position, and was once commanded through condition to play an important function in heritage. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and interesting portrait of Marie Antoinette, some of the most recognizable ladies in ecu historical past, excites compassion and regard for all points of her topic, immersing the reader not just within the coming-of-age of a swish lady, but additionally within the unraveling of an period.
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However, the Duchess of Devonshire traveled every day from Chiswick House with baskets of fruit. Coming Out 33 The new baby was named Harriette Arundel Stewart, using the surname of Lord Granville’s mother’s family. 7 Harriet then staged a dramatic return to Cavendish Square in early September, complaining of her fall. Five doctors were called. They shaved part of her head and pondered an operation—then declared it unnecessary. These subterfuges worked. Harriet stayed in touch with her love child mainly by correspondence.
Just as she was sorrowing over the fact that Granville’s carriage was not to arrive that night, nor would she hear his knock on the door, she heard a rapping. Then she heard Sheridan’s voice. Claiming later that she did not know why, Harriet recoiled from meeting him. She sent Sally, her maid, to say she was not at home, but Sheridan remonstrated that he had already called twice and been rebuffed. He then promised to haunt the doorway in Cavendish Square until he was received. The door closed. He knocked again, and Harriet sent down word that she was unwell.
Inconveniently, she came down with the chicken pox in January 1798. 60 Not long afterward, Harriet herself came down with the chicken pox, but the case seems to have been mild, and she recovered rapidly. 26 Lady Caroline Lamb When everyone seemed well enough, they moved back to London. In Cavendish Square, Harriet negligently allowed herself to be caught by Caroline with Granville in her dressing room. ” We find evidence of this in a typical letter of this period in early 1798, written to Little G as part of a joint effort with Harryo.