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Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)
  • Born in Vienna on November 2, 1755
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  • one of the people to start the French revolution along with her husband, King Lois.
  • was a political figure of the French Empire
  • she became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy
  • was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
  • her extravagance, which was mistakenly blamed for the financial problems of the French government.
  • this resulted in a decline of popularity for Marie
  • Especially damaging was her supposed connection with the so-called Diamond Necklace affair
  • death for treason, she was guillotined in Paris on October 16, 1793.
  • Marie Antoinette could have been more focused on the needs of her people rather than lavish herself with the materialistic items available
  • her authority to purchase expensive items was largely disliked by the population. Marie could have spent the money more wisely. For instance, she could have used it to help her citizens in need during the bread crisis.
  • If Marie did not squander the money, it would have been put to good use by the king. Citizens would have benefited from the extra money.

  • French Revolution : France (then and now)

  • We remember Marie because she was a wild young queen that did not understand the tough situations of her people.
  • This is important because it serves as an example for the future queens and kings to not be focused on spending money for themselves.
  • This situation is related to today because as people we should learn to be practical with how we use our money.


100 Q: When was she born?
A: November 2, 1755
200 Q: Where was Marie Antoinette originally from?
A: Vienna, Austria
300 Q: What famous scandal was Marie Antoinette involved in?
A: Diamond Necklace affair
500 Q: What impact did Marie Antoinette have on the kingdom?
A: Marie Antoinette had a negative impact because she squandered the throne's money.