Lifestyles of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

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Lifestyles of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette was an Austrian Princess, at age 15, in 1770, to marry the Crown Prince. When they ascended the throne in 1774 she and Prince Louis were still teenagers. Unlike her shy husband, Marie Antoinette was admired for her legendary beauty, grace and elegance and her tastes which set fashion trends in Europe. She took pride in her appearance and in her ancestry as a princess of Hapsburg. Marie Antoinette also attracted gossip for her inability (due to Louis's impotence) to become pregnant and produce an heir to the throne. This lifestyle included gambling, expensive clothing, pastries, masked balls, late night rendezvous and rumors of her having had numerous love affairs with both men and women. In 1785, an underground literature existed that reviled the Queen in pornographic songs, pictures and pamphlets. In 1778, Louis had an operation and the couple at last had children. By 1785, Marie Antoinette had given birth to three children. She was maturing and her lifestyle had grown far less extravagant. But that change was hardly noticeable to the uninformed public and did little to assuage those who had already developed their dislike for her and also Louis was known to not be a strong ruler. Louis was brought to trial, and soon after was beheaded. He was voted to death by a vote of 361 to 288, and was put to death on Jan. 21, 1793, age 39. Marie met the same fate 9 months later, despite her heroic attempts to stand up to the prosecuting council. She was beheaded on October 16, 1793, at age 37. Women’s march on Versailles The Women's March on Versailles, also known as The March on Versailles and The Bread March of Women, was an event in the French Revolution. On October 5, 1789, a crowd of Parisian women demanding bread for their families decided to march on the Palace of Versailles. They carried
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