April 28, 2023
Catholic historian and writer Elena Maria Vidal sets the record straight on the oft-maligned Catholic Queen of France and martyr of the Revolution. While candidly acknowledging the queen’s faults, Elena’s work paints a portrait of Marie Antoinette in all her complexity.
Drawing from her years of research, Elena discusses:
- Popular misconceptions about the queen, then and now
- The origin of the “let them eat cake” rumor
- What modern TV series and movies get wrong
- Marie Antoinette’s strong Catholic faith and moral character, and many recorded charitable works
- The deeply Catholic milieu of the French court and its role in Christendom
- The truly demonic nature of the French Revolution and its pagan “Cult of Reason”
- How the queen was able to secretly receive the sacraments before her death
- Marie Antoinette’s piety and equanimity at the guillotine
Elena has written several books about Marie Antoinette and her family, including two novels and a biography. They are available at the links below:
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Image: Marie Antoinette in a Chemise Dress by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun