“And I said ‘What are you going to do with that, Monsieur?’”
"At first, when I was going to play the character, I had a hard time understanding how I was going to play a king. I couldn’t understand. I don’t know what it’s like to be a king. I didn’t grow up in a castle. I was thinking about it pretty technically. Then I just thought, maybe I’ll try to approach it as playing a man who was trying to connect, but wasn’t doing a great job of it. [A man who] desperately wanted to relate to people and actually did have a lot to say, but wasn’t saying it." — Jason Schwartzman on his role as Louis XVI in Marie Antoinette (2006).
I’m pleased to tell you how wonderful your brothers and sisters are doing in their marriages. Maria Carolina is pregnant expecting her first child in June and Ferdinand is enchanted with Beatrice having made her his wife at once. All this news, which should fill me with contentment is diminished by reflections on your dangerous situation. Everything depends on the wife if she is willing and sweet. I can’t repeat enough the importance for you to employ charm and patience never ill humor, to remedy this unfortunate situation. Remember, nothing is certain about your place there…until an heir is produced.
history meme | Marie Antoinette (2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793)
Marie Antoinette was Dauphine of France from 1770 to 1774 and Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792. She was the fifteenth and penultimate child of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa.
In April 1770, upon her marriage to Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, she became Dauphine of France. Marie Antoinette assumed the title of Queen of France and of Navarre when her husband, Louis XVI of France, ascended the throne upon the death of Louis XV in May 1774.
After seven years of marriage, she gave birth to a daughter, Marie-Thérèse Charlotte, the first of four children. Initially charmed by her personality and beauty, the French people generally came to dislike her, accusing “L’Autrichienne of being profligate, promiscuous, and of harboring sympathies for France’s enemies, particularly Austria, her country of origin.
The royal family’s flight to Varennes had disastrous effects on French popular opinion, Louis XVI was deposed and the monarchy abolished on 21 September 1792; the royal family was subsequently imprisoned at the Temple Prison. Eight months after her husband’s execution, Marie Antoinette was herself tried, convicted by the Convention of treason to the principles of the revolution, and executed by guillotine on 16 October 1793. (x)