Free Breast Sculptor

In keeping with the historical accuracy theme, free breast sculptor or lack thereof *, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor writings and by media conglomerates at large. In many cases, free breast sculptor writings avoid and/or misrepresent less favorable elements of history which could reveal a more accurate spectrum of what actually occurred. Free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor along with the over lavishness of their lifestyle and surroundings, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor never made such a statement. Additionally, free breast sculptor what seems more evident is she attempted to live her life as an individual of virtue and compassion, free breast sculptor and was caught in the unfortunate position of  assuming massive political power along with her husband Louis XVI.  Perhaps that is a vast generalization, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor and centuries have passed. She also happened to be, free breast sculptor along with her husband, free breast sculptor a devout Catholic. Perhaps that is a part of the reason for the historical scapegoating and intentional mischaracterization of Antoinette and Louis XVI. Free breast sculptor I am not Catholic, free breast sculptor but I have come to better understand the underlying centuries old hostility/competition/political underpinnings between the Catholic Church and the Judaic Rabbinical organizations, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor and am equally pleased there are those who care enough about historical accuracy to attempt to set the record straight. Free breast sculptor Below I've included a piece from Elena Maria Vidal's website, free breast sculptor Tea at Trianon.  "In 1844, free breast sculptor 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. Free breast sculptor We have lived in those times. Free breast sculptor We have talked with some of her friends and some of her enemies; we have read, free breast sculptor certainly not all, free breast sculptor but hundreds of the libels written against her; and we have, free breast sculptor in short, free breast sculptor examined her life with-- if we may be allowed to say so of ourselves-- something of the accuracy of contemporaries, free breast sculptor the diligence of inquirers, free breast sculptor and the impartiality of historians, free breast sculptor all combined; and we feel it our duty to declare, free breast sculptor in as a solemn a manner as literature admits of, free breast sculptor our well-matured opinion that every reproach against the morals of the queen was a gross calumny-- that she was, free breast sculptor as we have said, free breast sculptor one of the purest of human beings. Free breast sculptor (History of the Guillotine by John Wilson Croker, free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor neither was she a saint; she was an upright, free breast sculptor charming woman, free breast sculptor a little frivolous, free breast sculptor somewhat impulsive, free breast sculptor but always pure; she was a queen, free breast sculptor at times ardent in her fancies for her favourites and thoughtless in her policy, free breast sculptor but proud and full of energy; a thorough woman in her winsome ways and tenderness of heart, free breast sculptor until she became a martyr. Free breast sculptor (The Life of Marie-Antoinette by M. Free breast sculptor de la Rocheterie, free breast sculptor 1893)
Marie-Antoinette spent the first fourteen years of her life in Austria, free breast sculptor worshiping in Rococo churches and listening to the music of Haydn and the Italian composers. Free breast sculptor Architecture and music in that time and place celebrated the glory of God in the beauty of His creation. Free breast sculptor As Queen, free breast sculptor her desire to promote beauty around her, free breast sculptor especially in the lives of those whom she loved, free breast sculptor was an outgrowth of the culture in which she was raised. Free breast sculptor She loved theater, free breast sculptor acting, free breast sculptor opera, free breast sculptor ballet, free breast sculptor painting, free breast sculptor gardens and everything that enhanced the loveliness of the natural order. Free breast sculptor Hers was a piety that was loving, free breast sculptor gentle and courteous, free breast sculptor but real and unflinching nevertheless. Free breast sculptor Antoinette's approach to faith was joyful and non-judgmental, free breast sculptor free from the rigorist approach of Jansenism that so tainted a great deal of French piety in the years preceding the Revolution. Free breast sculptor Nevertheless, free breast sculptor even as a young bride, free breast sculptor 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. Free breast sculptor It is known that the young Archduchess Antonia was not an outstandingly pious child, free breast sculptor but she was carefully taught her faith. Free breast sculptor Her mother, free breast sculptor Empress Maria Teresa of Austria was a deeply observant Roman Catholic, free breast sculptor who prayed novenas with her children and took them on pilgrimages. Free breast sculptor She instilled in her daughters the importance of being faithful wives and staying at their husbands' sides, free breast sculptor no matter what. The Empress also taught young Antoinette how to play cards before sending her to France, free breast sculptor knowing that at the French court just like the Austrian court, free breast sculptor gambling was rife and if a princess did not know the ropes she would lose all her money. Free breast sculptor 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, free breast sculptor although many say that Antoinette's youth and naïveté made the task difficult. Free breast sculptor Unfortunately, free breast sculptor the teenage Antoinette became addicted to gambling, free breast sculptor 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. Free breast sculptor Whatever mistakes she made, free breast sculptor she later paid for, free breast sculptor bitterly. Free breast sculptor Her faith was practical and manifested itself in her extensive charities, free breast sculptor including a home for unwed mothers. Free breast sculptor While her generosity to the poor is famous, free breast sculptor it is not as widely known that she was a patroness of the Carmelite order, free breast sculptor and visited the monastery where her husband's aunt was a nun, free breast sculptor once a year. Free breast sculptor She made many personal sacrifices on behalf of the poor and encouraged her children to do so. Free breast sculptor She assisted at daily Mass, free breast sculptor confessing and receiving Holy Communion on a regular basis, free breast sculptorand lived, free breast sculptor to all appearances, free breast sculptor as a Roman Catholic in good standing. After the death of her mother and loss of two of her children in the 1780's, free breast sculptor Antoinette became more noticeably devout, free breast sculptor growing closer to her pious sister-in-law, free breast sculptor Madame Elisabeth of France. Free breast sculptor While under house arrest at the Tuileries palace, free breast sculptor the two connived at getting non-juring priests, free breast sculptor (i.e., free breast sculptor those who were faithful to the Pope), free breast sculptor into the chateau for secret Masses and confessions. Free breast sculptor It is supposedly the time when a few historians claim she had a romantic rendez-vous with Count Axel von Fersen. Free breast sculptor I think not. Free breast sculptor The atmosphere at the Tuileries was more like the catacombs than Dangerous Liaisons. Before her death, free breast sculptor when her children had been taken from her, free breast sculptor her little son abused and her husband slain, free breast sculptor the queen again sought prayer, free breast sculptor the sacraments of the Church, free breast sculptor and affirmed in writing her loyalty to the "Catholic, free breast sculptor Roman and Apostolic religion." The priest who received her last confession in the Conciergerie later publicly affirmed these facts.