Versailles. The most beautiful palace in Europe created by France’s greatest king, Louis XIV. Marie Antoinette. The most famous queen in France’s history; the sole queen to taste pomp, circumstance and luxury in all its excesses; the only one to experience unpopularity, hatred and, finally, political turmoil, caught up in a Revolution which ended condemning her to a spectacular death.
Versailles and Marie-Antoinette are inseparable today. The palace was marked by the all-powerful will of the queen, not so much in the ceremonial rooms - where absolute monarchy is carefully staged – but more so in her private apartments where the Queen was able to create a very sophisticated decor with the help of the greatest artists of her time.
But Marie Antoinette was not only a fashion queen, seized by ruinous frivolities. Influenced by new ideas such as "maternal love" or "mother nature,” she devoted herself passionately to the education of her children and to the “domaine du Petit Trianon,” located about twenty minutes from at the foot of the Château, her favorite holiday resort.
While, it is at the Château that the Queen’s daily royal life can be best understood in all its ceremony. It is at the Petit Trianon that the more intimate daily life established by Marie-Antoinette is most visible.
This book offers the reader a chance to discover in detail the dwellings and the story of the Queen.