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In keeping with the historical accuracy theme, claravis or lack thereof *, claravis I felt this worthy of a repost.... She never said it. http://18thcenturyblog.com/images/uploads/138_medium.jpg The more I learn of history in general, claravis the easier it seems to question what is taught and published in books.  It's not too difficult to find historical records altered/inaccurately portrayed in educational books, claravis writings and by media conglomerates at large. In many cases, claravis writings avoid and/or misrepresent less favorable elements of history which could reveal a more accurate spectrum of what actually occurred. Claravis I remember my mother telling me the famous story of Marie Antoinette replying "let them eat cake" when she was asked what was to be fed to the peasants who were starving.  As more research is uncovered (and rediscovered) regarding Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI with regards to ther dismissive and careless attitudes towards the ordinary citizens of France, claravis along with the over lavishness of their lifestyle and surroundings, claravis the less such stories and long standing myths seem able to hold weight amidst century old testimonies of individuals which contradict such stories.   I have come to now understand that Antoinette in all likelihood, claravis never made such a statement. Additionally, claravis what seems more evident is she attempted to live her life as an individual of virtue and compassion, claravis and was caught in the unfortunate position of  assuming massive political power along with her husband Louis XVI.  Perhaps that is a vast generalization, claravis and the truth lies somewhere more in the historic 'middle'.    I think that is the difficulty  in claiming anything as historical "fact" especially  with the number of years, claravis and centuries have passed. She also happened to be, claravis along with her husband, claravis a devout Catholic. Perhaps that is a part of the reason for the historical scapegoating and intentional mischaracterization of Antoinette and Louis XVI. Claravis I am not Catholic, claravis but I have come to better understand the underlying centuries old hostility/competition/political underpinnings between the Catholic Church and the Judaic Rabbinical organizations, claravis among others groups. I find it interesting that such continued negative and untrue stories continue to be sold as fact with regards to Antoinette's legacy, claravis and am equally pleased there are those who care enough about historical accuracy to attempt to set the record straight. Claravis Below I've included a piece from Elena Maria Vidal's website, claravis Tea at Trianon.  "In 1844, claravis the historian John Wilson Croker expressed on behalf of Antoinette's character:

We have followed the history of Marie Antoinette with the greatest diligence and scrupulosity. Claravis We have lived in those times. Claravis We have talked with some of her friends and some of her enemies; we have read, claravis certainly not all, claravis but hundreds of the libels written against her; and we have, claravis in short, claravis examined her life with-- if we may be allowed to say so of ourselves-- something of the accuracy of contemporaries, claravis the diligence of inquirers, claravis and the impartiality of historians, claravis all combined; and we feel it our duty to declare, claravis in as a solemn a manner as literature admits of, claravis our well-matured opinion that every reproach against the morals of the queen was a gross calumny-- that she was, claravis as we have said, claravis one of the purest of human beings. Claravis (History of the Guillotine by John Wilson Croker, claravis 1844)

Marie-Antoinette's Journey of Faith

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have always felt that Maxime de la Rocheterie's description of Marie-Antoinette is one of the best:
She was not a guilty woman, claravis neither was she a saint; she was an upright, claravis charming woman, claravis a little frivolous, claravis somewhat impulsive, claravis but always pure; she was a queen, claravis at times ardent in her fancies for her favourites and thoughtless in her policy, claravis but proud and full of energy; a thorough woman in her winsome ways and tenderness of heart, claravis until she became a martyr. Claravis (The Life of Marie-Antoinette by M. Claravis de la Rocheterie, claravis 1893)
Marie-Antoinette spent the first fourteen years of her life in Austria, claravis worshiping in Rococo churches and listening to the music of Haydn and the Italian composers. Claravis Architecture and music in that time and place celebrated the glory of God in the beauty of His creation. Claravis As Queen, claravis her desire to promote beauty around her, claravis especially in the lives of those whom she loved, claravis was an outgrowth of the culture in which she was raised. Claravis She loved theater, claravis acting, claravis opera, claravis ballet, claravis painting, claravis gardens and everything that enhanced the loveliness of the natural order. Claravis Hers was a piety that was loving, claravis gentle and courteous, claravis but real and unflinching nevertheless. Claravis Antoinette's approach to faith was joyful and non-judgmental, claravis free from the rigorist approach of Jansenism that so tainted a great deal of French piety in the years preceding the Revolution. Claravis Nevertheless, claravis even as a young bride, claravis she had the moral courage to defy the king in regard to Madame du Barry. Antoinette was the fifteenth child in a family of sixteen. Claravis It is known that the young Archduchess Antonia was not an outstandingly pious child, claravis but she was carefully taught her faith. Claravis Her mother, claravis Empress Maria Teresa of Austria was a deeply observant Roman Catholic, claravis who prayed novenas with her children and took them on pilgrimages. Claravis She instilled in her daughters the importance of being faithful wives and staying at their husbands' sides, claravis no matter what. The Empress also taught young Antoinette how to play cards before sending her to France, claravis knowing that at the French court just like the Austrian court, claravis gambling was rife and if a princess did not know the ropes she would lose all her money. Claravis Antoinette's mother's devotion to God did not blind her to the realities of life as a royal for which she tried to prepare her daughter, claravis although many say that Antoinette's youth and naïveté made the task difficult. Claravis Unfortunately, claravis the teenage Antoinette became addicted to gambling, claravis a passion that she later overcame with her husband's help. When I look back at my own youth I cannot be too hard on the imprudences of Antoinette as a girl. Claravis Whatever mistakes she made, claravis she later paid for, claravis bitterly. Claravis Her faith was practical and manifested itself in her extensive charities, claravis including a home for unwed mothers. Claravis While her generosity to the poor is famous, claravis it is not as widely known that she was a patroness of the Carmelite order, claravis and visited the monastery where her husband's aunt was a nun, claravis once a year. Claravis She made many personal sacrifices on behalf of the poor and encouraged her children to do so. Claravis She assisted at daily Mass, claravis confessing and receiving Holy Communion on a regular basis, claravisand lived, claravis to all appearances, claravis as a Roman Catholic in good standing. After the death of her mother and loss of two of her children in the 1780's, claravis Antoinette became more noticeably devout, claravis growing closer to her pious sister-in-law, claravis Madame Elisabeth of France. Claravis While under house arrest at the Tuileries palace, claravis the two connived at getting non-juring priests, claravis (i.e., claravis those who were faithful to the Pope), claravis into the chateau for secret Masses and confessions. Claravis It is supposedly the time when a few historians claim she had a romantic rendez-vous with Count Axel von Fersen. Claravis I think not. Claravis The atmosphere at the Tuileries was more like the catacombs than Dangerous Liaisons. Before her death, claravis when her children had been taken from her, claravis her little son abused and her husband slain, claravis the queen again sought prayer, claravis the sacraments of the Church, claravis and affirmed in writing her loyalty to the "Catholic, claravis Roman and Apostolic religion." The priest who received her last confession in the Conciergerie later publicly affirmed these facts.