Question: So what about Marie Antoinette?
No not the crappy movie the person, the execution, all of that?
Answer: She was married to Louis, the Dauphin of France, when she was 15, as part of an Austro-French alliance. She seems to have had trouble settling down at the French court because she disliked the stiff etiquette in use at court, and her more relaxed manners shocked the French nobility. Also she disliked Louis XV's mistress, Madame du Barry, who was prominent at court. Also Louis had a malformation which prevented him from consumating their marriage for the first seven years, which probably didn't help matters.
After Louis XV died and Louis XVI became King, Marie Antoinette became increasingly unpopular with the French people. Her extravagances were unfairly blamed for France's dire economic situation. Disliking life at the palace of Versaille, she preferd her more modest residence int he grounds, the Trianon, where she had an artificial village built for herself where she could play at being a shepherdess and living the 'simple life'. Louis had had his medical problem fixed, and they had several children. She had a close friendship with an attractive Swedish nobleman, Axel Fersen, who was probably her lover. In 1785, she became even more unpopular than she was already when she became unwittingly involved in the affair of the diamond necklace, a complicated confidence trick that was practiced by two crook, Jeanne de La Motte and her husband. marie Antoinette had nothing to do with the swindle, but she was blamed for it all the same.
When the revolution broke out in 1789, Marie antoinette behaved with great courage if not always with wisdom. The new French government declared a constitutional monarchy, so Louis and Marie Antoinette were still king and queen, but without any power. They were taken to live at the Tuilleries in Paris, instead of at Versailles. The parisiennes seem to have been pleased to have Louis and marie Antoinette living amongst them, marie Antoinette was surprised to find herself greeted with shouts of 'vive la reine!' when she appeared at the window. The people thronged the Tuilleries gardens to look at the royal family. However, republican sentiment was growing in paris, and in 1791, the royal family made a bungled attempt to escape. Louis, marie Antoinette, their two surviving children and the King's sister Elizabeth, all left the Tuileries in a coach. Unfortunately, they had chosen a very ostentatiously grand vehicle to escape in, and they were spotted and recaptured. They were returned to the Tuileries and locked up.In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and a republic declared. Louis and his family were imprisoned in the Tour du Temple. Louis XVI was excecuted in January 1793. Marie Antoinette was kept in prison for some months longer, where she impressed everyone by her courage and calmness. Eventually she was put on trial, and behaved with great courage throughout, even though disgusting allegations were made against her, including sexual abuse of her young son. her defense council spoke bravely and eloquenty in her defence for over two hours, but of course it was a foregone conclusion that she would be found guilty. She remained calm during her journey to the guillotine, in spite of the howling mob around her. As she mounted the steps to the guillotine, she accidentally trod on the foot of the executioner, Sanson, who let out an oath. She turned and said to him with a touch of irony "Forgive me, monsieur, I did not do it on purpose."