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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trianon

I lately read Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal.  This book I have read before and it is one of my all time favorites.  It is about Queen Marie Antoinette of France.  The title Trianon is named after her little dairy farm that her husband, King Louis XVI gave to her as a retreat.  The book is excellent since it is written from a Catholic perspective and tells of the nobility of France with respect for both their devotion and heroism.
Marie Antoinette travels from Austria as a young girl to marry her husband the Dauphin by proxy before even meeting him in person.  She is lighthearted and loves gaiety while her young husband carefully tries to guard her from the scandal and criticism of the court.  When King Louis XV is declared dead the young couple weep together in great consternation since they do not think they are old enough to run the country.  France, the eldest daughter of the Church, is facing turmoil and strife as the ancient customs of centuries of religion fail to adapt to the modern ways of the revolutionaries.  Slander corrupts the image of the Queen whom the revolutionaries attempt to use to assist in the overthrowing of the monarchy.  Marie Antoinette calmly faces a mob that converges upon the castle with heroic composure when she brings her two children onto the balcony with her to show her innocent motherhood.  Eventually the Queen is imprisoned with her husband the King, her son Louis-Charles the Dauphin, her daughter, Madame Royale, and her saintly sister in law, Madame Elisabeth.  They receive the King’s last blessing and embrace and wait with dread as the King is taken to be guillotined.  They hear the shouts arise and know he is dead and later hear of the faithful priest who accompanied him to his death and whose voice arose afterwards, “Rise to heaven son of Saint Louis!”  Perhaps this helped to sustain Marie Antoinette when her son was taken from her and corrupted and possibly killed and later she is summoned to her death.  When she reached the guillotine, Queen Marie Antoinette treaded on the executioner’s foot and her last words were, “Excuse me; I did not do it on purpose”.  She died a martyr of Church and country and remained a true lady until the last.

2 comments:

  1. Great review....it's one of my favorite books, too!

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  2. Great review....it's one of my favorite books, too!

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