Marie Antoinette Biography: Her Own Undoing


Marie Antoinette Biography: Her Own Undoing

Her hair was piled atop her head, often ornamented
with jewels or trinkets. Her face was always made up, and she wore
the finest gowns and jewelry. At only 19 years old, she was a Queen, and
in the tumultuous times in which she lived, she soon became a symbol of all that was wrong
with French royalty. Let’s explore the life of Marie Antoinette…the
woman who was the face of royal excess during the French Revolution. Early life Though now inextricably linked with France,
Antoinette wasn’t a native of the country. Descended from the Hapsburg line, she was
born into royalty in Austria. Marie Antoinette entered the world in 1755. She was the daughter of the Empress of Austria
and the Holy Roman Emperor. Like many born into a royalty, she had a lengthy
name…Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna. Growing up, she was educated by private tutors. Her education focused on morality and religion. That was typical at the time for an aristocratic
female’s education. Though she had a private tutor that worked
with her, Antoinette was no great shakes at academics. In fact…she could barely read and write
her native German…much less the French she also had to study. As one of her tutors described… “she is
rather lazy and extremely frivolous, she is hard to teach.” Antoinette grew up during the seven years
war. She was only eight years old when it ended,
but the outcome of the conflict quite seriously affected her future. You see, as the Empress of Austria, Antoinette’s
mother was a political leader. At the end of the seven years war, it was
in her best interest to keep an alliance between the French and the Austrians… and in the
18th Century, the best way to forge an alliance was through marriage. Two years after the war ended, when Antoinette
was but ten years old, her mother pegged the 11 year old heir to the French crown as her
best bet for a son-in-law. The necessary arrangements were made, and
at the age of only 14 years old Antoinette was married off into foreign royalty….Louis
August de Bourbon. Early Years in France Even Marie Antoinette’s entry into France
as a teenager was a spectacular affair. Her caravan was made up of nearly 60 carriages
accompanied by 117 footmen and 376 horses! The destination for this veritable parade
was a royal retreat in the forest outside Paris. But they had to make a stop as they approached
the border with France…Antoinette had to be dressed to look the part of French royalty. Her hair was powdered, her makeup was done
up, and she put on a dress that matched the lavish expectations of the French court. When they arrived, Antoinette showed herself
to be just a teenager. She was impulsive, and unable to control her
excitement about being in a new place, about to meet her soon-to-be husband. Rushing out of the carriage, she dashed up
to the King of France…when she curtsied, he was charmed. But the king’s grandson, the future husband
of Antoinette, did not share his betrothed’s extroverted personality. He did not dash up to her upon her arrival…instead
he averted his eyes, gave her a quick, formal kiss on the cheek, and then stayed silent. Meanwhile, Antoinette and the King chatted
away merrily. Only days after Antoinette met Louis, the
two were married. The May 16, 1770 wedding ceremony was held
in the chapel of the famed Palace of Versailles. Antoinette’s dress was white and silver,
an opulent gown decked out in diamonds. But there was a major problem with the gown…it
wasn’t the right size. For any bride, discovering on your wedding
that your dress doesn’t fit well would be a nightmare. Imagine being the future queen, with all eyes
of the court and country on you. Antoinette didn’t fret however…at least
not publicly. She was expected to walk down the aisle and
take the hand of Louis Bourbon in marriage. So that’s what she did, with her shift showing
through the back of her dress in between rows of sewn on diamonds. The ceremony itself was a long mass, and the
groom had on a dour expression for the entire time. Then, when it came time to seal the contract
with the signatures of the bride and groom, Antoinette dripped ink on her signature, obscuring
the name. Doing so was considered bad luck for the marriage. And things didn’t get any better as the
day went on. It was traditional in this era for newlyweds
to be followed up to their bedchamber by a crowd. In the case of Antoinette and Louis, the crowd
included royal dignitaries and an archbishop. The bishop gave a blessing, the crowd dispersed,
and the couple disappeared behind drawn curtains and undressed. But as it would seem the entirety of Europe
knew by the next day…they didn’t consummate the marriage as was expected of newlyweds. And for the next seven years, they still didn’t
consummate the marriage. To this day, there’s never been a clear
answer about why it took so long for the two to fulfill this marital obligation. Historians have put forward theories … two
of the most popular theories are that Louis had phimosis, a condition that meant sex was
painful for him, or simply that the two teenagers were just young and confused. It seemed the whole world knew about the lack
of intimacy between the young royals, including Antoinette’s mother. Antoinette and her mother regularly corresponded
via letter, and their discussions offer a glimpse into Antoinette’s early years in
the French court. She was homesick… “Madame, My very dear mother, I have not
received one of your dear letters without having the tears come to my eyes.” And she disliked the French custom of royalty
being attended to always… ““I put on my rouge and wash my hands
in front of the whole world,” she complained to her mother in a letter. Her mother spent time in her letters admonishing
her daughter for her frivolous behavior at court …as well as for not performing her
marital obligations. In one letter, she told Antoinette that in
order to be a good wife she needed to “lavish more caresses” on Louis. Part of the problem might have been their
different schedules and lifestyles. Though married, they lived two very different
lives. Antoinette was as outgoing and social as ever,
but her husband remained quiet, avoiding the frivolities of court life that his wife so
enjoyed. The differences grated on the marriage. Antoinette wrote to a friend, “My tastes are not the same as the King’s,
who is only interested in hunting and his metal-working.” He would often go to bed well before midnight,
while she was just getting started with her parties late at night. Then, she’d wake up late morning after he’d
already been up tending to his duties or studies from an early hour. Eventually, Antoinette’s brother was sent
to France to talk to Louis. It’s not clear what Antoinette’s brother
said to Louis, but after their chat, the couple was finally able to consummate their marriage. By the time their marriage was consummated,
Louis’ father had died and the two had been king and queen for three years. She was 21 years old. Years as Queen As Queen, Antoinette’s tastes remained lavish
much to her mother’s dismay. In an almost portentous letter, her mother
wrote: “You lead a dissipated life, I hope I shall
not live to see the disaster that is likely to ensue.” Her hair itself was a mark of her opulence,
with wigs and ornamentation piled feet atop her head. Her hair was so extravagantly done she could
even hide tiny vases of water in it to keep the ornamental flowers fresh. Leonard Autie, her hairdresser, became a cultural
icon in his own right. The women of the court and of high society
in Paris began emulating Antoinette’s hairstyles, with mourning women even going so far as to
ornament their towers of hair with urns. Her jewelry was also flashy…two of her diamond
bracelets were worth as much as an entire mansion in Paris. Just getting dressed in the morning was literally
a production. One of Antoinette’s maids would hold up
a book of fabric samples for her to help her decide what to wear. Then, she’d put on layers of under garments
including a frame for under her skirt to emphasize her hips. A corset of course, then layers of fabric
and her dress. Again, her mother did not approve. “As you know, I have always been of the
opinion that fashions should be followed in moderation but should never be taken to extremes. A beautiful young woman, a graceful queen,
has no need for such madness. On the contrary, simplicity of dress is more
befitting and more worthy of a queen. I love my little queen and watch everything
you do and feel I must not hesitate to draw your attention to this little frivolity.” The royal couple was living well, and showing
it off. But the people of France weren’t sharing
in the opulence, and not all of the French population was impressed with their new queen’s
luxurious style. In the late 1770s, the harvest in France wasn’t
going well. Grain was at a premium, prices were skyrocketing,
and farmers and peasants were hurting. There were literal riots in the streets over
bread. It is during these riots that Antoinette was
supposed to have said “Let them eat cake.” But she never actually did… that phrase
was attributed to her much later, in 1843. Antoinette may have never uttered that famously
callous phrase, but she certainly wasn’t sympathetic to the plight of the peasants. In fact, even as her subjects were suffering
she continued spending even more. She gambled, and she spent money to construct
her own private retreat at Versailles. The building, known as the Trianon, already
existed. Antoinette, though, she needed to make it
her own. She installed artificial rivers, a rotunda,
and a series of what appeared to be rustic cottages. Once inside, it became clear they were anything
but… they were furnished in the typically comfortable style of the wealthy, complete
with pool tables. Silk hangings and other ornate wall decor,
fine china and luxury furniture brought the cost of the retreat to an astounding two million
francs. Beyond the cost of the decor and the property,
the Trianon caused other problems for Antoinette among her subjects. People wondered why a Queen would need such
a retreat, and so they jumped to conclusions and began spreading rumors and gossip. The Queen was hosting men, they said. Obscene gatherings had to be happening at
the Trianon…why else would she need a lavish getaway for just herself and her friends? One rumor persisted…that of Antoinette’s
affair with Swedish diplomat Axel de Fersen. In 2016, a team of researchers announced that
a decoded letter showed Antoinette and de Fersen’s relationship went beyond just discussing
matters of state. Among the decoded passages is this: “I will end [this letter] but not without
telling you, my dear and gentle friend, that I love you madly and that there is never a
moment in which I do not adore you.” The two had first been introduced in 1774,
and saw each other more and more as Fersen attended more events at the French court. He left Europe for a time to fight in the
American Revolution, but that didn’t dim the feelings between him and Antoinette. Another letter that survived the centuries
has Fersen telling his sister that he could never marry because his one true love was
already taken. The queen was giving the people of France
a lot to talk about. Discussions of Antoinette as a traitor to
her husband, and about her frivolity with money were spread in pamphlets distributed
throughout France. Drawings of Antoinette accompanied acerbic
words, showing her in her extravagant dress and driving ire toward her and the rest of
the royal family. French Revolution As the king and queen were acting as if nothing
was different about life, the people of France were getting angrier and angrier. In 1789, King Louis had sent troops to Versaille
and Paris and French citizens were starting to worry it might be a move to dissolve the
National Assembly. In response, 900 Frenchmen descended upon
Paris and stormed the Bastille prison. They stole weapons and ammunition, but the
event was much more than just a stockpiling of weapons … it was a symbol of the people
being ready to take on the powerful forces of the monarchy. The Bastille was a fortress, but it was also
the prison where political enemies were kept. It was a symbol of the monarchy’s power,
and by taking it over the people showed just how weak the monarchy could be. The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789
is widely considered to be the start of the French Revolution. And things were moving fast. By October, the crowds of revolutionaries
had grown to thousands. Ten thousand French commoners gathered outside
Versailles, calling for the King and Queen to be dragged to Paris. Among them were thousands of women who had
marched miles from Paris…along the way they were joined by men with guns. When they showed up outside the royal residence,
Louis didn’t know what to do. His first instinct was to escape, so he ordered
his carriages prepared. But they were no match for the angry crowds. The carriages were ruined, and Louis and his
family remained trapped in the palace. They weren’t much safer inside, though. Some of the crowds tried to get at Antoinette,
and they nearly succeeded. Two guards were killed as the crowd forced
their way towards her quarters. The crowds didn’t find Antoinette in her
bedroom though…she had left earlier and was safe in the dining rooms of Louis’s
quarters. Soon after, French troops under the command
of Marquis de Lafayette arrived and were able to restore order. The peace was not to last, though. The crowds were able to capture the king and
queen, and forced them back to Paris in a procession led by the heads of their dead
bodyguards hoisted up on pikes. Throughout the crisis, Antoinette was meeting
with ambassadors and writing letters to other European officials, calling on them to help
out the French monarchy. Louis, meanwhile, seemed at a loss for how
to help. Then, in 1891, aided by the help of her lover
de Fersen – not Louis – Antoinette put together a plan to get the royal family out of France
and away from the danger of an ever-growing anger from the public. The plan was to escape to the Netherlands,
where they could plot a counter-revolution. Antoinette proved herself able to make decisions
and plan, but when it came time to escape her desire for luxury got in the way again. A French general had told the royals that
their journey would be much safer if they made it in two, small, inconspicuous carriages. Instead, Antoinette demanded they use larger
carriages that could be outfitted with a full silver dinner service and a wine chest. Also joining the royal family in their luxurious
carriage was de Fersen. The plan called for him to leave the royal
family a short way into the journey, then meet back up with them at their destination. He wanted to travel the whole way as part
of their group to offer protection, but Louis demanded he follow the plan and separate from
the group. Shortly after de Fersen’s departure from
the group they ran into trouble. A peasant recognized the king, and was able
to muster up a crowd to attack the carriage. They were dragged into a house and held captive. Eventually, they were allowed to return to
Paris but still held captive in a palace. The French Assembly allowed Louis to serve
as King, but he didn’t really have any power. And Antoinette, well, she wasn’t much in
favor of the Assembly at all. She was actively working against them, writing
to officials throughout Europe about how terrible she thought the new constitution was. She was also pretty clear in how she felt
about the members of the Assembly themselves, describing them as “A heap of blackguards, madmen and beasts.” During this time, Louis had also declared
war on Austria. Things were falling apart all around Antoinette. And they were about to get worse. In 1792, the French royal family was forced
into the medieval Temple tower fortress. As they were held prisoner, the millennium-old
monarchy of France was dissolved and a new French Republic took its place. As all this was going on outside, the royal
family tried to live a somewhat normal life in prison. Louis and Marie tutored their children, played
chess, and played instruments. But they were also still trying to bring the
monarchy back to power. It was this effort that ultimately undid her
and Louis. The couple had hidden the letters they received
from foreign powers in a box inside the prison. When the correspondence was discovered, Louis
was dragged on trial. He was ultimately sentenced to death, with
the revolutionary leader Robespierre proclaiming “Louis must die, so that the country may
live.” Antoinette and their children were able to
spend a few final hours with him before he met his fate at the guillotine with 20,000
frenchmen looking on. Months later, Antoinette herself would be
the one on the platform. After Louis’ execution, she was brought
to a new prison – a prison with the dire nickname of “death’s antechamber.” Here, a sympathetic military officer attempted
to help her escape. When his efforts were uncovered, Antoinette
was put on trial right away to avoid any danger of her escaping. She was charged with treason and theft, and
it was left up to an all male jury to decide her fate. It only took two days for them to decide she
was guilty and should be sentenced to death. The 37 year old queen made one final trip
through the streets of Paris. Her hair shorn in preparation for execution,
she sat stoically in her carriage on the ride to the guillotine platform where she would
meet her fate. When she arrived at the platform, the priest
told her to have courage. Her response? “Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall
lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?” From the moment she was born, Marie Antoinette
was destined to play a role on the world stage. Her mother set her up for a powerful marriage,
a marriage that thrust her into the midst of the French Revolution and made her the
ultimate representation of the excesses of royalty. She was only alive for 37 years, but in that
time she certainly left her mark on the world.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

100 thoughts on “Marie Antoinette Biography: Her Own Undoing”

  1. Biographics says:

    Hello everyone. We've been experimenting with a bit of a podcast (a few people were asking for audio versions so they can get Biographics while doing other things)! Fair warning: none of these are new biographies, but rather me having a bit more of a free form chat around the script. I'd love to know what you think, if these are useful, wanted etc :). Thanks, Simon.

    Trolled people:

  2. Smitha Arimpur says:

    Can you do a biography 'video on Queen Catherine Howard (5th and ill – fated wife of King Henry 8th of England) ?

  3. Shihan Yan says:

    Quite inaccurate I’m sorry ._.

  4. ed roosen says:

    Okay Marie was born in 1755 the revolution was in 1789 Marie ask for help in 1891? by that time she is 136 years old???

  5. 113 DmG says:

    Very interesting.

  6. Taps Ars says:

    I am usually a fan of your videos but I find it offensive that you have shown Empress Elisabeth in place of Maria Teresa as being Marie Antoinette's mother . Empress Elisabeth was born more than a hundred years later .

  7. monet roshi says:

    At 0:55 you used the image of Empress Sisi who was not her mother.

  8. David Johnson says:

    I love how this video contradicts the other one on her that he did. People think Simon is some history buff, in reality he is a puppet for morons. Probably a nice guy, but a puppet.

  9. Alan Horowitz says:

    The commonly held belief in France (where I resided for many years) was that, upon hearing that the people had no bread, she actually asked "maybe there's some brioche available?"

    Versaille, where she resided was, in those days, over a day's ride by horse from Paris. It is believed that by the time her question reached the French capital by word of mouth, is had become misconstrued into the catch phrase that we have today.

    The rustic cottage was, in fact, an elaborate sort of playground for the young queen who loved to pretend and play "peasant." Some say that this was her means of escape from royal duties and unceasing scrutiny by the court and public.

  10. RugerNuger says:

    13.03 1891 that's a mistake right ?

  11. jeferrell79 says:

    Don't you mean 1791, not 1891.

  12. Sumida Ryogoku says:

    So why her own country ( Austria ) did not offer her help to flee the revolution ?

  13. nicoli volcoff says:

    I want to leave my mark on the world …but…., alas I am not frivolous nor have I been promised to French monarchy…….oh fret woah is me I shall die alone and forgotten without any substantial significance

  14. the_official _Lexicon says:

    Im here because of the song 'killer queen' by freddie mercury.

    "Let them eat cake, she said
    Just like marie Antoinette"

  15. Shannon Miller says:

    She would ridicule people people Ridicule can be harder to take to take than brutality

  16. toisver says:

    Name of the classic piece playing between chapters, please??

  17. DemonAngelvs7 says:

    :))))))))))) Maria Theresa

  18. Zane McLean says:

    He looks like vsauce.

  19. Joe Mullin says:

    You didn't actually have to have sex to consummate. Simply touching legs was enough. One could even have it done by proxy.

  20. G.F.J independent Verlag says:

    You got the pictures of the wrong Emperor, Marie Antoinetts Father was Franz Stephan I and her Mother was Maria Theresia, not Franz II and Elisabeth!

  21. skorpia g says:

    We need a do over of this vid,too many things you got wrong here. From pictures to being biased and making her sound like a spoiled airhead. She did good things also,why not mention those things instead of focusing on her fashion sense? She was limited on what she can do the power fell on her husband. How horrible it was for her to be a scapegoat that was based on stupid gossip and jealousy.

  22. Deona says:

    Viva la revolution

  23. henrikhansen says:

    Sorry Simon !
    I am in no mood for any of your speed talking sessions, so I'll just skip after 10 secs.
    (you really should reconsider that 'style' of yours)

  24. Jean the Second says:

    Lovely how the French shifted blame for their troubles from…well…themselves onto a foreign woman. France’s greatest debts were accumulated by the Sun King, but we wouldn’t want to blame the popular dashing man for spending the country into ruin.

  25. Marianne G says:

    U talking to fast i cant…

  26. Chinchilla Divine says:

    Great video—as always!🙂 I am disturbed that you want your audience to vote on “who you do”. I don’t think that’s any of our business… Way to interactive channel though!🤣

  27. David Same says:

    1891????..she was executed in 1793

  28. sugarblunt says:

    I swear you're secretly vsauce

  29. reyisawesome says:

    Louis Auguste inherited the throne from his grandfather not his father, who had died before Louis XV.

  30. taNEETS says:

    France in the 1700s: I like being extra and bougie.
    Marie Antoinette: Me too!
    France: No not you

  31. Katy Kampffmeyer says:

    Please don't show a picture of her brother when you mean her father, and please show a picture of a french king about a hundred years earlier when you mean Louis XV. I'm sure there are some paintings availiable. Greetings from Germany.

  32. Psycholoog Najla says:

    The painting showed as being the mother of Marie Antoinette is a painting of empress Sissi / Elisabeth of Beieren. This is not the mother of Marie Antoinette.

  33. Shawn Clarady says:

    I did the 23anME DNA test.I found some family members and found that Marie Antoinette and I have a common ancestor. Who that ancestor is I am still trying to find that out. great video.

  34. Laundry Basket says:

    Ok but i d e n t i t y v

  35. Suhyun Song says:

    Marie Antoinette did enjoyed luxurious life, but she only spent less than 1/10 of the money or things a queen could use.

  36. U Raptor says:

    You better give us a hare, you fat ill-bred boy

  37. Shelly Mansell says:

    I disagree with people who say Marie was clueless and how she did not mean to be cruel and unfair. It does not matter where or how you are raised, selfishness and greed is something that is a personal choice. Now I do not believe the cake comment and buying the million dollar necklace. I do believe she could have done something. She was the one in charge, Not Louis. People died because of her greed. Perhaps she personally did not make the taxes but have you seen her clothing and jewelry. The third estate paid for that.

  38. jc caparas says:

    Dude looks like vsauce micheal

  39. Keith Dean says:

    In 1891?

  40. Carol Murray says:

    Very poor quality

  41. Cloudurious says:

    Aren’t we all?

    Nah, just me

  42. Joseph Izzo says:

    Damn! What an answer to the priest. Glad to be going to the ax. Wow.

  43. Joseph Izzo says:

    For clarity, the comment, “Let them eat cake.” Was worse than it sounds. Back then cake meant the scrap crumbs from breaking a loaf of break apart.
    Whomever attributed that to her really wanted her to seem evil.

  44. VEA VEA says:

    Well, at least the pictures were nice… I stopped watching @ 0:53 because Elisabeth or Sissy was not her mother and neither was Francis II her father. Her mother was the Empress Maria Theresia and her father was Francis I. A simple google search would have cleared that…

  45. grim sim says:

    Her head looks like it's on backwards at 1:07

  46. Patriot knight says:

    Every single person speaking of revolution be should be thrown in prison have the keys thrown out. Revolutionist scum! How many people died because of Envy?

  47. Revision TV says:

    RIP. Queen…

  48. Chico Penteado says:

    You don't mention Antoinette's love affairs with Lamballe and Polignac. I believe she was lesbian or bissexual and Louis XVI provably gay, that's why they never consummated their marriage really. Count Fersen is the probable father of her children.

  49. Chico Penteado says:

    At 13:59 a mistake, it says 1891 instead of 1791.

  50. Paulabella says:

    Antoinette was a child and since it took 7 years for she and Louie to consummate the marriage, it doesn't take rocket science to deduce that she was (way) over compensating via retail therapy, Versailles-style. Her mother could have made the trip to France to spend some time guiding her, duh. Letters obviously weren't cutting it.

  51. monkeynumber nine says:

    I can't imagine how anyone could consummate the marriage with a crowd of people behind a curtain 🙄… certainly not a pair of virgins.

  52. John Cross says:

    Will you do Madame de Pompadour?

  53. ds2jim says:

    at 12:58, you mentioned that an event took place in 1891. I suspect that you meant 1791. thanks for posting these great videos.

  54. swimmingmantis22 says:

    What’s the name of the song that plays throughout the video?

  55. Paula Virany says:

    The flattened historical view of Marie Antoinette as a puff-headed monster who loathed the poor obscures her generally kind, giving nature. She founded a home for unwed mothers, visited and gave food to poor families, and, during the 1787 famine, sold off the royal flatware to buy grain for those in need.

  56. Emma says:

    I feel very sympathetic to her. She really did love her husband, and this exorbitant money spending isn't just an Antoinette thing, it was the system. The aristocracy and clergy didn't have to pay taxes. She was kinda a cultural scapegoat. She was also a woman, and a foreigner. A perfect target.
    Honestly, I feel like this overview is a bit more negative than it could be. She even tried to simplify her wardrobe by buying cheaper fabrics but this caused economic issues in the French silk companies in Lyon, causing more people to criticize her. But in all honesty she wasn't super-intelligent, nor was she trained in political savvy. She had been taught the Divine Right of Kings and didn't think too much deeper than that. She was just wrong place, wrong time.

  57. The Dark Queszar says:

    U stated 1891 once and it was printed on video otherwise great as always

  58. sweet potato says:

    Simon is actually Michael Stevens sporting a british accent

  59. Beata Chytrackova says:

    There is a mistake at the beginning of the video. The picture used to illustrate the mother of Marie-Antoinette is a picture of Emperess Sisi (24 avril 1854 – 10 septembre 1898). It would be better to show a picture of Empress Maria Theresa, real mother of Marie Antoinette.

  60. Jan Johansen says:

    The revolution happens in 1789 and 102 years later, the queen plots for a counter revolution – I think you skipped forward a few years there 😉

  61. robert vangilder says:

    You guys keep using the wrong picture for the people who u are talking about.

  62. Park Nina says:

    Too young to be kings and queens with no life experience they were setup to fail

  63. Raphael Gide says:

    I really loved the video but the pictures you use to illustrate the narration are mostly completely off, by centuries. Sissi as marie antoinettes mother, louis XIII as louis XV, some renaissance portrait as Louis XVI, etc.

  64. AliasUndercover says:

    Anything about Marie Antoinette reminds me of Mozart in Mirrorshades.

  65. Yely 1978 says:

    She was not SIssi empress daughter! Why you uploaded a painting of her?

  66. Mike Hydropneumatic says:

    The 1700s and 1800s got a bit mixed up I guess.

  67. Jessie Stoss says:

    I always felt so much sympathy for Marie Antoinette. Prior to her execution, she was kept in a cell close to a cell where they kept her son. The guards would torture and beat her son and she could hear his cries and screams. I don't think she deserved any of the treatment she received.

  68. brian wilson says:

    Killer her made no sanse

  69. Kiss Cristina says:

    Hi! Your depiction of her mother is wrong: what you're showing is Elisabeth (Sisi), while her mother was Empress Maria Theresa…

  70. DFU SWIFT says:

    This video is so dumb

  71. Julie says:

    Why do you have so many wrong portrait representations? Why not throw in a picture of Catherine Danuve? She's french. That seems to be the only criteria.

    Other than this, good job. Love your voice.

  72. Brandon Lee says:

    Only the French would have a revolution just figure out they're French..

  73. Angela Hicks says:

    What happened to there kids?

  74. FeedScrn says:

    Royal Blooper

  75. Patricia Mchugh says:

    What happened to her children? Were they also executed or did they go on to live a life of some sort?

  76. MrJosCHEWa says:

    Quick and dirty….. she lived tooo grand, the people were poor, she got her head cut off.

  77. Harry says:

    Unfortunately, this episode is highly historically inaccurate, as are many of the photos displayed. Basic story is correct but details extremely wrong.

  78. Mark Heyder says:

    She was fucking useless….Let her serve as an example to Politicians today and their "excess"

  79. GradKat says:

    Why do you keep calling her “Antoinette” when her first name was Marie (or Maria)?

  80. Anastasia Rogers says:

    Can you do one on her mother maria Teresa

  81. Kevin Kim says:

    Being Austrian, Marie Antoinette could never do anything right in the eyes of her French subject. If she lived a lavish lifestyle, she was accused of spending the country into ruin. Even though the rest of the court did the same and the nobles did not pay taxes. When Marie Antoinette began to dress more modestly, it was declared that was beneath her station. So she simply did the one thing she could, she shut herself away from the world with her inner circle at her rustic retreat, the Petit Trianon. That is until she could no longer ignore the turmoil that was consuming the kingdom.

    This video also suggests their failed Flight to Varennes was mainly her fault. Though ultimately her husband's indecisiveness and mistakes that doomed the plan.

  82. Will McGuire says:

    *uses painting of Louis XIII when referring to Louis XV

  83. Kron Kalle says:

    So she was basically the Kim Kardashian of the 18th century

  84. Helene Perlas says:


  85. Tammy Inglez says:

    Why show the portrait of sissi as her mother? I mean, it looks like you just googled "empress of austria " and didn't check any other info… it's a good narrative, but should be accurate

  86. Kaiser Wilhelm II says:

    12:57 toy mean 1791

  87. Aimee H says:

    Who cares ?

  88. Aimee H says:

    Her husband didn’t know how to do it so her brother came and taught him how , get your facts straight.

  89. The Vegan Villainess says:

    Maybe he was just gay, lol.

  90. Never mind Tyler05 says:

    I am going to tell a fact that Maria Antoinnette is my great great great great great great great grandma

  91. Heidi Leeshire says:

    She wasn't illiterate. She had dyslexia, and a perfect ear, making her a natural at playing several instruments. She basically was wired to communicate w musical arts, as opposed to literary. Such things are genetically driven, such as ambidextrousness, which also has deep roots in my ancestral lineage. 😋

  92. Michael Roberts says:

    Speaks to quickly…. hard to grasp what he’s even talking about.

  93. Yeah Itsme says:

    When your nagging mom was 100% right and you get your head chopped off for not listening to her. The shame of it.

  94. CloudFly99 says:

    I dislike videos with two consecutive ads @youtube

  95. Dan C says:

    Come to think of it people were so extreme in those time, a lot about life and society was atrocious. They fulfilled their destinies though.

  96. Cannon G says:

    One big fat load of crap! How about some real history. This nonsense is truly worthy of the History Channel…lies. inaccuracies, revisionism….very disappointing!

  97. natasha ellis says:

    Love ur channel. But I have a question what ever happend to maries children

  98. Ry Ry says:

    You mentioned that she had an all male jury. I’m sure women back then would prefer an all male jury because chivalry.

  99. C Silvers says:


  100. ledzeppelinrules1111 says:

    love your videos but this was put together very haphazardly. You even erroneously used a photo of Empress Sisi of Austria-Hungary who lived in the 19th century and you just did a video on her. Come on now.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *