The Queen's Lover: A Novel

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A “spellbinding” and “deeply intelligent” historical novel about Marie Antoinette on the eve of the French Revolution (The Washington Post )

Through the untold love story between Marie Antoinette and Swedish aristocrat Axel von Fersen, acclaimed author Francine du Plessix Gray weaves history with romance in a captivating novel that also offers a fresh vision of the French Revolution.

Paris, 1774. The dashing nobleman meets nineteen-year-old Marie Antoinette at a masquerade ball. As their relationship deepens at Versailles, Fersen discovers the court’s secrets, even the startling erotic details of Marie Antoinette’s marriage. But this intimacy is disrupted when he leaves to join the American Revolution. When he returns in 1783, he finds France on the brink of disintegration. After the Revolution of 1789, the royal family is moved to the Tuileries and suffers increasingly harsh captivity. After a failed attempt to liberate them, Fersen goes home to Sweden where he soon meets his own tragic end: his fate is symbolic of the violent pace with which of the eighteenth century’s events transformed European culture.

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How History Savvy Are You?
Brush up on your knowledge of Marie Antoinette’s royal court and the history that inspired The Queen’s Lover in this Amazon exclusive quiz.

Where was Marie Antoinette born?

  1. Austria
  2. Russia
  3. France
  4. Hungary

What was Axel von Fersen’s nickname?

  1. Axel
  2. Fersen
  3. Le Comte Suedois
  4. Le beau Fersen

What is the name of Fersen’s sister, and co-narrator of The Queen’s Lover?

  1. Sophie
  2. Eleanor
  3. Marguerite
  4. Sophia Magdalena

What was Marie Antoinette’s full name?

  1. Marie-Therese Antoinette
  2. Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna
  3. Archduchess Marie Antoinette of Austria
  4. Maria Antonia Teresa

Where did Marie Antoinette and Axel von Fersen meet?

  1. Versailles
  2. The Paris opera
  3. The Swedish court
  4. The court of Joseph II, Marie Antoinette’s brother

At what age did Marie Antoinette meet Axel von Fersen?

  1. 15
  2. 25
  3. 31
  4. 19

In which 18th century war did Fersen fight in?

  1. Russo-Turkish War
  2. American Revolution
  3. Anglo-Spanish War
  4. Russo-Persian War

Where did Marie Antoinette spend her last few weeks?

  1. La Conciergerie
  2. The Bastille
  3. The Louvre
  4. La Force Prison

Which of Marie Antoinette’s children was reputed to be fathered by Fersen?

  1. Marie Therese
  2. Louis Joseph
  3. Louis-Charles
  4. Princess Sophie

What did Marie Antoinette stipulate be included in the plans of the ill-fated flight to Varennes?

  1. Her children’s favorite snacks
  2. Her husband’s favorite book of poems
  3. Her hairdresser
  4. The family’s heirloom jewelry

Once the French Revolution started and royal mail was being intercepted, how did Marie Antoinette and Fersen communicate with each other?

  1. Secret code embedded in the text of well-known books
  2. Spoken messages delivered through special couriers
  3. Letters in invisible ink
  4. They couldn’t communicate once the revolution started

Who said “let them eat cake?”

  1. Marie Antoinette
  2. Marie-Therese
  3. Maria Theresa
  4. Joséphine de Beauharnais

How long did Marie Antoinette’s love affair with von Fersen last?

  1. Five years
  2. Ten years
  3. Fifteen years
  4. Nineteen years

Answers: 1-a; 2-d; 3-a; 4-b; 5-b; 6-d; 7-b; 8-a; 9-c; 10-c; 11-c; 12-b; 13-d

About the Author:

Francine du Plessix Gray is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Them: A Memoir of Parents, and has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She lives in Connecticut.

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