The queen Mary Antoinette Habsburg-Lorraine (1755-1793) It was one of the most maligned women History, For over two centuries unfairly symbol of superficiality and frivolity.
Actually Marie Antoinette was a much more complex and above all women far better than how it was told.
Generosa, enthusiastic, allegra, affectionate and always dignified, It was probably not up to the task of the sovereign (which at that time it would be a challenge for anyone), but it was a positive woman and full of quality.
About she had great influence, for better or for worse, different characters both male and female, between family, members of Corte di Versailles and revolutionary.
We know some of them more closely (before treating them one by one in more depth in post later).
Maria Teresa (1717-1780), Empress of Austria, proved intelligent monarch, illuminated and noticed. Wife of Stephen of Lorraine, which he had sixteen children, the sovereign conceived the marriage of Marie Antoinette as a shrewd political move that would benefit his country, offering it in marriage to the Dauphin of France only 14 years. He practiced on his daughter continuous monitoring and pressing, but it was bound to her by sincere maternal love.
Francis Stephen of Lorraine (1708-1765), beloved father of Marie Antoinette, He was a man of wisdom and good temperament, that he not too suffered his political position subordinate to that of the powerful wife. The fact that they have on their shoulders particularly significant tasks, being his task limited to that of good adviser and secretary of wife, She allowed him to enjoy much free time, which also he engaged in child care, for whom this was a loving father and.
Louis XVI (1754-1793), King of France and husband of Marie Antoinette, who married when they were respectively 14 e 15 years, not that they had never seen before. He was a devoted husband and probably really in love, and although almost certainly not entirely reciprocated, the two, however, managed to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and trust. She gave birth to four children.
Luigi Carlo (1785-1795?), second son of Marie Antoinette male, Delfino became the death of his older brother Louis Joseph. The fate of this boy remains still a mystery: entrusted to little loving care of a crude revolutionary cobbler, It seems to have died of starvation in 1795, just 10 years, but not all historians agree with the official version, and are inclined to believe that he is instead the Revolution survived the storm and is then able to live a normal life in perfect anonymity.
Maria Teresa Carlotta, O Madame Royale (1778-1851), first daughter of Marie Antoinette. Young went terribly tried by the revolutionary period, in which he lost his closest family members and suffered a harsh imprisonment. delivered to Austria, where he lived at the maternal family, he returned to France only 1815, the Restoration.
The Count of Provence (1755-1824), brother of Louis XVI and then-in-law of Marie Antoinette, It was one of his worst detractors at Court. Man devious and untrustworthy, He schemed constantly behind the legitimate sovereign dreaming to take its place; (bravely) emigrated during the Revolution, did not lift a finger to save his brother and his wife, which he was finally able to take the long-awaited place in the 1815, with the name of Louis XVIII.
The Conte d'Artois (1757-1836), younger brother of Louis XVI, He was a friend of raids of Marie Antoinette, except abandon, like everyone else at the bottom, in the difficult period of revolution, who spent abroad. After the death of Louis XVIII was succeeded to the throne under the name of Carlo X.
The Princess de Lamballe (1749-1792), born Maria Luisa di Savoia Carignano, was the most devoted friend and sincerely fond of Marie Antoinette, enough to be among the few to stay close during the bloody revolutionary period. Dolce, remissiva, good-natured, who met a terrible end during the massacres of 1792, when it was decapitated and insulted by a group of sans-culottes. He had never interested in politics and was completely innocent.
Axel von Fersen (1755-1810), Perhaps the great and only love of Marie Antoinette. On the type of relationship established between the two has been spilled rivers of ink, without ever coming to firm conclusions. Fersen returned to France in full revolution to help the now former Queen, organizing the failed escape in Varennes 1791. The sources speak of a man never recovered completely from the tragic death of Marie Antoinette, he never forgot.
Philippe Egalité (1747-1793), ironic nickname Louis Philippe of Bourbon, hypocritical and upstart cousin of Louis XVI, against whom voted for the death sentence. He embraced the revolutionary cause for convenience, but this did not save him from the guillotine.
The Count Mirabeau (1749-1791), intelligent, cultured and great womanizer, It was among the revolutionaries of the first hour, but then he established contact with the royal family planning for France a constitutional monarchy. If he had not died of a mysterious disease in 1791, events would almost certainly taken a more moderate fold.
Antoine Barnave (1761-1793), revolutionary advocate, come Mirabeau, the Constitutional Monarchy, He came up to Marie Antoinette after the failed escape attempt, divendone a trusted advisor. The choice cost him dear, because he was sentenced to the guillotine.
Jacques Hébert (1757-1794), revolutionary journalist assault and unscrupulous, He was responsible for having put to death, through violent actions on your newspaper, hundreds of citizens. He hated Marie Antoinette, which consistently he followed the process and for which churches vehemently condemned unheard, but ended guillotined himself in 1794 (photo: handelforever.com, tuttovienna.info, iagi.info, ilritaglio.it, pinterest.com, madamedepompadour.com, taccuinistorici.it, associazione-legittimista-italica.blogspot.it chestefbooks.com, wallaceprints.org, .allposters.com, nndb.com ).