Cruel sketch of Queen as she passed on the way to the guillotine, by the revolutionary artist David.

Marie Antoinette was driven by her endless craving for partying, diamonds, and gambling – while the over taxed people starved. Too late, she realised that her children were really the only important thing in her life. But it was now far too late to save her life and her throne. If only she had changed while she still had time. If only the people had got to know the new admirable Queen.

Share Marie Antoinette’s agony as she dutifully remained at the side of her hopeless, sweet, apathetic husband, as the shrieking Parisians stormed her palace. Louis XVI waited passively for death. whilst Marie Antoinette fought tooth and nail for her children and her throne. She was desperate to live – for the sake of her darling son, whom she burned to see on the throne of France. Not to mention her darling Count Axel von Fersen, the gorgeous Swedish nobleman she had fallen in love with 18 years before. 

Witness heart-breaking moments such as the final meeting between the sobbing Marie Antoinette and her husband – before he was led off to the guillotine. Share her agony and despair on the day they wrenched her shrieking little boy out of her arms – forever. No wonder the Queen’s beauty faded! No wonder her hair had begun to turn white! 

And will this chilling but ultimately life affirming novel about the agonising last year of Marie Antoinette’s turbulent life make you change your mind about the tragic Queen?


About the Author


MacLeod says: ‘If like me, you’re gripped by the heart rending riches to rags story of Marie Antoinette, you’ll understand why I’ve spent ages reading everything I could get my hands on about this unfortunate Queen. For years, while my babies were small, I scoured dusty university book shelves to find 200 year old books of letters and memoirs – to read, and sometimes to translate, while they slept.’

This book is the product of these years of research. It is based on contemporary letters and memoirs – written by Marie Antoinette and those closest to Marie Antoinette – her mother, her love Fersen, her unsurprisingly embittered daughter Marie-Thérèse, her maid, the governess of her children. And a roll call of many others.

Now a teacher, her children grown, MacLeod lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland with her family.

This is the second book by the author. The first book, There were Three of Us in the Relationship – the Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette…’ [see Marie Antoinette’s Wikipedia Page, in the Further Reading section at the bottom of the page] was a translation of the secret letters of Marie Antoinette, her mother, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, and the Austrian Ambassador to France, the Comte de Mercy. between 1770 and 1780. This first book will be reissued in an updated version in the near future.