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Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas, she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give her a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror." Sena Jeter Naslund offers a dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond the popular myth.

Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas, she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give her a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror." Sena Jeter Naslund offers a dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond the popular myth.
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Marie Antoinette was a child of fourteen when her mother, the Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family and her country to become the wife of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the future King of France. Coming of age in the most public of arenas, she warmly embraces her adopted nation and its citizens. She shows her new husband nothing but love and encouragement, though he repeatedly fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is unable to give her a child and an heir to the throne. Deeply disappointed and isolated in her own intimate circle, and apart from the social life of the court, she allows herself to remain ignorant of the country's growing economic and political crises, even as poor harvests, bitter winters, war debts, and poverty precipitate rebellion and revenge. The young queen, once beloved by the common folk, becomes a target of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the rest of the royal family are caught up in the nightmarish violence of a murderous time called "the Terror." Sena Jeter Naslund offers a dramatic reimagining of this truly compelling woman that goes far beyond the popular myth.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susanna Burney

Length:

11h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

06:15


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

09:31


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

11:48


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

12:30


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:00


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:19


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

12:20


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

09:47


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

10:49


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

12:19


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

13:26


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

11:54


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

09:40


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

09:18


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

10:39


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

12:36


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

12:10


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

12:35


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

15:23


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

10:11


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

07:04


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

12:02


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

14:17


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

08:53


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

10:13


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

09:11


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

06:43


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

10:17


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

12:24


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

11:54


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

10:29


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

14:03


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

07:43


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

09:29


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

07:35


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

11:25


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

11:38


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

09:26


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

12:33


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

09:44


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

09:47


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

12:31


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

12:43


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

10:17


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

09:05


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

08:28


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

08:49


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

11:25


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

10:44


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

09:20


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

08:15


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

09:33


Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 1

10:23


Part 5, Chapter 2
Part 5, Chapter 2

11:37


Part 5, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 3

14:03


Part 5, Chapter 4
Part 5, Chapter 4

08:34


Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 5

08:25


Part 5, Chapter 6
Part 5, Chapter 6

08:42


Part 5, Chapter 7
Part 5, Chapter 7

08:35


Part 5, Chapter 8
Part 5, Chapter 8

09:08


Part 5, Chapter 9
Part 5, Chapter 9

08:24


Part 5, Chapter 10
Part 5, Chapter 10

07:27


Part 5, Chapter 11
Part 5, Chapter 11

08:31


Part 5, Chapter 12
Part 5, Chapter 12

10:44


Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 13

10:08


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

10:16


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

09:57


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

07:39


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

08:06


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

01:18


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

00:28