The Real Marie Antoinette | feat. Elena Maria Vidal

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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:

Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars: Her Life, Her Times, Her Legacy

Trianon:  A Novel of Royal France

Madame Royale

Her latest research focuses on the Stuart dynasty. She blogs at https://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/.

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Image: Marie Antoinette in a Chemise Dress by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun