Friday, 2 November 2012

Marie Antionette and 7-years childless marriage

Marie-Antoinette: This is ridiculous.
Comtesse de Noailles: This, Madame, is Versailles
-from Marie Antoinette (2006)

I re-watched the Marie Antoinette film starring by Kirsten Dunst last week . I love to watch the extravagance and opulent film like this just to see what kind of shoes and dresses the actors wore or just to enjoy the luxurious decoration and embroideries of their fabrics. I cannot help myself love the period film. Marie Antoinette is a princess from Austria and marrying Louis XVI from France as to promote alliance between these two countries. Both of them got married in 15 and 16 years old, respectively.

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I love Marie Antoinette because of her fascinating stories, which you can read everywhere online. But what is intriguing me is she suffers of 7 years childless marriage. Marie Antoinette marrying Louis which was the heir of the throne. Louis also has a married brother. Both Marie Antoinette and Louis has not consummated their marriage until 7 years. To cut the story short, Louis cannot penetrated due to the phimosis. Marie Antoinette was facing depression because she had no signs of pregnancy and futhermore, her own mother from Austria kept blaming her for inability to charm her own husband. There are other speculations and theories but it all agreed (based on the letters, doctor's diagnosis and meeting with elder brother of Marie Antoinette) that both of them are healthy and no infertility problem but they are just too shy (due to their young age) and ignorance. Of phimosis, Louis has been consulted to do operation but he was too afraid to go under the needle.

Her husband (Louis) on the other hand, kept busying himself with hunting and making keys.
She told her husband (more or less like this)- I hope we can have our own child because if your brother have a child first, I will be embarassed in this palace and in the court. To much to her despair, Louis brother's wife gave birth of a son. She and the whole royal family celebrated the arrival of the baby but secretly, she cringed in agony. Moreover, she was bombarded with insultation like 'You are barren' and 'When you will produce heir?'

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Marie Antoinette was so frustated with her dull duties and ridiculous customs, she befriend with the Yolande de Polignac although she has been advised and been warned that Yolande de Polignac can harmed her reputation. She said, however, the Duchess made her happy. She also involved in gambling, lavish partying, sneaking out at midnight, went to army ball, being gastronomics, and ordered a lot of lavish dresses, hats, wigs and shoes.

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Her elder brother coming to visit her and consult with Louis on their marriage. And after that, he agreed to have operation on treating his phimosis. Soon after that, Marie Antoinette has gave birth of a beautiful daughter Marie Theresa Charlotte. She told her daughter, "Oh, you were not what was desired, but that makes you no less dear to me. A boy would have been the Son of France, but you, Marie Thérèse, shall be mine.". .To note, she gave birth of four children (2 sons and 2 daughters).

I reckon this is the best site to read the biography of Marie Antoinette. She is an ill-fate queen, treated unjustly, a black sheep for political alliance and been punished by the French Revolution appallingly.


  1. After reading thie entry, i immediately cari kt youtube! Found it! Huhu movie ni best mcm tgk highly talented pictures (but moving hahah). Tak dpt byg klo nak meneran bersalin ada 60 org tgk lives! Hehehe. Thx darl, klo x i tak tau tntg cite ni.

    1. i ada baca juga, anak ke2 hingga ke 4 husband dia tak bagi dah orang tengok masa bersalin..kan 6o org tgk lives masa bersalin first, sampai Marie Antoinette susah meneran sebab dia tak cukup nafas, ramai sangat orang dalam chamber dia.sebab chamber mereka tu public, semua orang boleh keluar masuk..

  2. nak kongsi sikit, jemput tengok blog saya,thankz


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