Thursday, March 23, 2017

9 Fiction Novels about Marie Antoinette By Women Authors




Marie Antoinette's life has been a popular choice for fiction writers since her death in 1793, and her enigmatic story has been a particular source of inspiration for women writers who have crafted everything from children's novels to sprawling epics derived from Marie Antoinette's rise and fall as the queen of France. The following are 9 fictional novels by women authors who were inspired to write about Marie Antoinette's tumultuous life and death.

Trianon: A Novel of Royal France by Elena Maria Vidal

Farewell, My Queen by Chantal Thomas

Marie Antoinette Trilogy by Juliet Grey

Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Versailles: A Novel by Kathryn Davis

Flaunting, Extravagant Queen
by Jean Plaidy

The Secret Diary of a Princess
by Melanie Clegg

The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Self-Portrait by Marie-Geneviève Bouliard



A self-portrait by Marie-Geneviève Bouliard (1763-1825). Very little is known about Bouliard's personal life. She was the daughter of a tailor and studied under Joseph Siffrein Duplessis. In 1791, she won the prize of encouragement at the Salon; that year, non-academics were exceptionally allowed to exhibit at the Louvre, which gave Bouilard the opportunity to display her work. She was very active during the years of the revolution, becoming known for her portrait work.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

9 Biographies About Women in the French Revolution



Many women made a mark during the French Revolution; for some, that mark culminated in their death on the scaffold, and for others it defined the rest of their lives as they attempted to navigate a changing France and a changing Europe. The following are 9 biographies about women who made a mark in the French Revolution--some new, some old, and hopefully all will help you find out more about some of the women made famous, or infamous, during the revolution.

Madame de Lamballe by Georges Bertin

Women's Rights and the French Revolution: A Biography of Olympe de Gouges by Sophie Mousset

Madame Du Barry by H. Noel Williams

Theroigne De Mericourt: A Melancholic Woman During the French Revolution by Elisabeth Roudinesco

Madame Roland by John S.C. Abbott

The Celebrated Madame Campan by Violette M. Montagu

Charlotte Corday by Jeannette Van Alstine (Mrs. R.K. Van Alstine)

Marie Antoinette: The Tragic Queen by Dorothy Moulton Mayer

Madame Tallien by Louis Gastine


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7 Books about Women and the French Revolution



From royalty to seamstresses to prominent Salon hostesses, women played a significant role in the events and even politics of the French Revolution. I've complied a list of 7 books about women and the French Revolution--if you're looking for biographies, don't fret! That list is coming later on this month.

Compelled to Witness: Women's Memoirs of the French Revolution by Marilyn Yalom (2015 edition; initially published as Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's Memory)

Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution by Sara E. Melzer and Leslie W. Rabine

Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France by Lucy Moore

Women and the Limits of Citizenship in the French Revolution by Olwen Hufton

The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution by Dominique Godineau and Katherine Streip

Women of the French Revolution by Linda Kelly

Out of the Shadows: Women and Politics in the French Revolution, 1789-95 by Shirley Elson Roessler

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Self-Portrait by Ulrika Pasch



A self-portrait by Ulrika Pasch, circa 1770. Ulrika Pasch (1735-1796) came from a family of painters and, like her brother, showed artistic talent from a young age. She began developing her painting skills with the hopes of becoming a working painter after a period of economic hardship in her family led her to become a housekeeper. Within a short time period, Ulrika was able to support her family with her work and she and her brother began working together in a studio they shared. Ulrika was the only woman to be accepted to the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in its founding year, 1773, although she--unlike the male members of the Academy--never received a royal pension.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

9 Books About Women Poets in the 18th-Century



In the beginning of the 18th century, only a handful of women were known to publish under their own names. By the end of the 18th century, there were dozens of women publishing their works--novels, letters, and poetry, just to name a few styles--and many of these works were published openly rather than hidden behind male nom de plums. Poetry was one of the more popular mediums of the day, and I've collected 9 books about 18th-century women poets and their works to enjoy!

Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology by Roger Lonsdale

Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets
by Deborah Kennedy

Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology by Paula R. Backscheider

Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings by Phillis Wheatley

Russian Women Poets of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries by Amanda Ewington

Anne Seward and the End of the Eighteenth Century by Claudia T. Kairoff

British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century: An Anthology by Paula R. Backscheider

Women Peasant Poets in Eighteenth-Century England, Scotland, and Germany: Milkmaids on Parnassus by Susanne Kord

Women Romantic Poets: Anna Barbauld and Mary Robinson by Anne Janowitz

Self-Portrait by Marie-Gabrielle Capet



A self-portrait by Marie-Gabrielle Capet (1761-1818). Marie-Gabrielle Capet was a pupil of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard and became well known for her vivid portrait work and excellent use of color. Capet was one of several women painters who exhibited at the Salon. This particular self-portrait was done circa 1783, when the artist was about 22 years old.