Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Primary Sources

Public Domain Memoirs and Letters

Narrative of Marie Therese de France, Duchesse d'Angouleme

Journal of the Tower of the Temple, by Clery

Life and Letters of Madame Elisabeth de France

Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette by Madame Campan

Diary and correspondence of Count Axel Fersen: relating to the court of France

The guardian of Marie Antoinette; letters from Comte de Mercy-Argenteau, Austrian ambassador to the court of Versailles, to Marie Therese, empress of Austria, 1770-1780

Recollections of Leonard, hairdresser to Queen Marie Antoinette

Memoirs of the Duchess de Tourzel, governess to the children of France during the years 1789-1793 and 1795

Narrative of Rosalie Lamorliere, servant at the Concergerie August - October 1793

Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun

Memoirs of the Countess de Valois de La Motte: Containing a Compleat Justification of Her Conduct, and an Explanation of the Intrigues and Artifices Used Against Her by Her Enemies, Relative to the Diamond Necklace by Comtesse de Valois de La Motte

A lady in waiting : being extracts from the diary of Julie de Chesnil, sometime lady in waiting to her Majesty, Queen Marie Antoinette by Charles Woodcock-Savage

Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete (Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois — Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz — Memoirs of Madame de Montespan — Memoirs Louis XIV, by Duch d'Orleans — Memoirs of Louis XIV, by Saint-Simon — Memoirs Louis XV./XVI, by Hausset — Memoirs Marie Antoinette, by Campan — Memoirs of Court of St. Cloud.)

Letter Translations (Books)

There were Three of Us in the Relationship: The Secret Letters of Marie Antoinette (vol I) by Margaret Anne MacLeod

A book of selected letters from the empress Maria Theresa, ambassador Mercy, and Marie Antoinette. This book includes many letters previously untranslated into English.

Secrets of Marie Antoinette: A Collection of Letters by Olivier Bernier

A collection of letters by Marie Antoinette and empress Maria Theresa.

Imperial Mother, Royal Daughter: Correspondence Between Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa by Olivier Bernier

Another collection of letters between Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa.


Gazette des atours de Marie-Antoinette de 1782

A reproduction of a register, which once belonged to Madame d’Ossun, the Lady-in-Waiting responsible for the attire of Marie-Antoinette, dated 1782, containing different pieces of fabric used for the wardrobe of the Queen. (As far as I know the book does not contain reproduction fabric, but scans of the fabric pieces themselves. French text is untranslated.)

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