The Life Of Marie Antionette And The French Revolution

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Marie Antionette 's full name was Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna. She was born November 2, 1755, in Vienna, Austria. Her parents were Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa, empress of Austria. When Marie was young she lived a happy and carefree life. (“Marie Antoinette”). Her education mainly focused on religious and moral principles as well as music, embroidery, painting, and tapestry. Marie 's reading and writing skills were poor and she did not study academic subjects. She spent most of her time at the Schonbrunn Palace. This part of the palace was off limits to the rest of the court. Marie Antionette had a carefree life when she was younger but as she gets older her life changes; she marries at a young age, becomes queen of France, then the biggest part of her life, The French …show more content…
After the Seven Years War, Austria and France had a fragile alliance. So a marriage was arranged so strengthen the alliance. This was when the smallpox epidemic of 1766 hit the royal family. The only one who was immune to the disease was Marie. She found herself being the only available bride for the Dauphin of France.(“Marie Antoinette”). During this time period, this was common among royal families for cementing alliances. When Marie set out for France in May of 1770, she was only fourteen years old, with blue eyes, and ash-blonde hair. She was escorted by 57 carriages, 117 footman and 376 horses to France. On May 16, 1770, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were married. At the time of the marriage, Louis XVI was only fifteen and Marie was only fourteen.(“Marie Antoinette”). Five thousand guest were invited to the wedding and two hundred thousand people watched the fireworks display after the ceremony.(Joe Mcgasko). After the Marriage took place, Marie was officially given the name Marie Antoinette, Dauphine of France. (“Marie

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