Re-Evaluating the Most Hated Queen of France: The Life and Death of Marie Antoinette 

Claudia Dunlea

Course Description

In 1770, the 14-year-old Austrian archduchess Maria Antonia, youngest daughter of famous Empress Maria Theresa, left Vienna for Versailles to marry the future king Louis XVI. As Marie Antoinette, she spent the next two decades at the most splendid court of Europe, initially admired as the personification of 18th-century French royal style. However, by the time she died under the guillotine's blade at the age of 38 during the French Revolution, she was loathed like no Queen of France had ever been. With images and film clips, this lecture brings Marie Antoinette to life. From a teenage girl plagued by marital difficulties that subjected her to public ridicule to a young woman who allegedly engaged in a scandalous extra-marital affair with a dashing Swedish nobleman to a controversial Queen who ultimately ended up vilified as l'Autrichienne whose frivolous extravagance and foreign sympathies fired the French Revolution.

About the Instructor

  • Claudia Dunlea, Ph.D., is a senior instructor of history at FAU. She earned her doctoral degree in European integration history from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Dunlea is the author of a book that investigates the origins of a supranational European foreign policy in the 50s. Her recent research on the diplomatic relations of the European Union was published in two international publications. Having been born and raised in post-WW II Germany, Dunlea developed a deep personal interest in the 12 dark years of her country’s history. Among other topics, she is teaching courses on WW II, aspects of the Holocaust, and modern Germany’s attempt to deal with its Nazi past.

Upcoming programs presented by Claudia Dunlea.

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One-Time F1129 Claudia Dunlea Re-Evaluating the Most Hated Queen of France: The Life and Death of Marie Antoinette 
Tuesday, November 29: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm