Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette's mother. "I pity my daughter."

“My poor innocent Queen.” Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette’s mother, was outraged when her eighteen year old daughter became Queen, and months later, a vile article was published, accusing the innocent young Queen of being a nymphomaniac.

These articles continued for almost 20 years, right up until the Queen’s husband was deposed, with pornographic prints of the Queen even being sold at the railings of her palace.

Of course, Marie Antoinette’s love for Axel von Fersen, also fuelled the rumours about Marie Antoinette’s sex life.