November 2, 1755-October 16, 1793
“Friendship Between Austria and France must be cemented by marriage”
I was brought up believing that my destiny was to become queen of France. I married the crown prince of France in 1770. Four years later became queen when King Louis XVI was crowned (House of Bourbon).
I was a victim of incredibly bad timing; had born a half century earlier probably no one would have heard of . Born when and where I was and considering the political climate of my era.
Ever since her grisly demise at the end of an executioner’s blade in 1793, her name has become synonymous with ostentatious luxury by the super rich and indifference to the hardships of the poor. Whether such criticism was deserved remains a source of some debate even to this day. In essence.
Becomes famous not only as a symbol of affluent indifference and the consequences thereof, but for being the first female monarch ever to be executed—a probably undeserved and certainly unsought fate if ever there was one. Certainly, She was a byproduct of environment: born into nobility and opulence, She was no different than thousands of other women of the era born into such a high station in life. That would lose her head on the guillotine for it, however, seems not only a bit excessive but most likely undeserved. Obviously she and her husband, King Louis XVI, had simply become a target for all the inequities and injustices the royal system was known for, making us forever symbols of the people’s rejection of the old monarchial form of government that had been in place since antiquity.