Sometimes we think we know a person.
We often believe what we hear.
But if we look into our hearts
we can connect with the universe on a deeper level
and know many things that are unspoken.
Such is the case with the most popular
Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette
who is one of the least understood
figures in history.
Her Soul lives on,
so indulge me in this unwrapping of the heart
to look at who Marie-Antoinette really is.
in honor of her birthdate, November 2, 1755,
and as a birthday gift to myself
I will simply list just 7 things
that you might not already know
– she was born in Vienna,Austria,
the 15th child of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I
and the powerful Hapsburg Empress Maria Theresa
– she was married at age 15 to the future
King of France, Louis-Auguste, he was age 16.
the marriage was planned with political intent
for both France and Austria,
4 years after their marriage she became
Queen of France and Navarre
as Louis XVI ascended to the throne
– her ties to Austria would eventually make her
an easy target of suspicion and ridicule
by the French populace
– France’s tremendous economic problems
had many causes, one such cause being
the French financial support of the colonists
during the American Revolution
– Marie-Antoinette played her role
as Queen of France admirably well and
was not a cause of Frances’s difficulties
leading to the French Revolution
– The American city Marietta, Ohio
was named after Marie-Antoinette
as recognition of France’s role in the
– She was a warm, compassionate
and charitable person.
The story of a noblewoman saying
’let them eat cake’ appears as a popular story
in literature long before Marie-Antoinette was queen.
“Courage! I have shown it for years;
think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end”?
— Queen Marie-Antoinette