By Juliet Grey

A pleasing novel of wealthy spectacle and royal scandal, Days of majesty, Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years within the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France’s such a lot mythical and infamous queen.

Paris, 1774. on the soft age of eighteen, Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne along her husband, Louis XVI. yet in the back of the extravagance of the younger queen’s intricate silk robes and dizzyingly excessive coiffures, she harbors deeper fears for her destiny and that of the Bourbon dynasty.

From the early transforming into pains of marriage to the enjoyment of conceiving a baby, from her ardour for Swedish army attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace, Marie Antoinette attempts to upward push above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her. yet as revolution blossoms in the US, a miles greater hazard looms past the gilded gates of Versailles—one which may sweep away the French monarchy perpetually.

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In a world of competing feudal and ecclesiastical rights, historical culture—both ancient and medieval documentary antiquarianism—became a pillar of legitimizing authority. 79 With its “mixed” constitution, the English monarchs had archives and scholars, but also worked with allies in Parliament. In terms of state information culture, England stood somewhere between monarchical Spain and the freer, decentralized Holland. Neither the English monarchy nor Parliament had a monopoly on information.

The reports from their own communication networks quickly made their way to the stock exchange and print shops. Thus both its central position and porousness made Amsterdam a diplomatic capital, for if a government wanted to know what was going on, it did not simply rely on its own diplomatic intelligence. 74 Antiquarians and the Information State While monarchs had long employed lawyers, diplomats, theologians, and historical chroniclers, Renaissance government saw the emergence of the antiquarian scholar as a major participant in Western governmental culture.

He made a shrewd marriage to Marie Charron, daughter of a member of the king’s council, from a large family of wealthy military contractors. 22 Not only a collector of books and manuscripts, Colbert was to prove very good at collecting money. The meeting of Colbert and Mazarin brought together two complementary spirits. Mazarin had amassed a colossal fortune, functionally larger than that of the crown, but he did not have the expertise to manage it. Colbert, on the other hand, had spent his entire youth training to manage large fortunes, but he did not have one.

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