Friday, December 16, 2011

Brief Book Recommendations: The Petit Trianon

Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de' Medici to Marie-Antoinette by Meredith Martin

Dairy Queens places the pleasure dairies owned French royalty back in their proper historical context by tracing the origins of the pleasure dairy back to early modern France, exploring the social and political ramifications and meanings behind the buildings all the way through Marie Antoinette's infamous Trianon dairies and the place of the pleasure dairy today.

Views and Plans of the Petit Trianon at Versailles by Emmanuel Ducamp

A semi-reproduction of the albums with views and plans of the Petit Trianon that Marie Antoinette had bound and sent to family, friends and other European leaders as gifts.

The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette
by Marie-France Boyer

A photo book which documents the private side of Marie Antoinette's realm at the Petit Trianon, featuring a general information about the Trianon and Marie Antoinette's life there, while showcasing the lovely photos of Francois Halard.

The Trianon of Marie Antoinette by Pierre de Nolhac

A wonderful little book about the Petit Trianon written by this master French historian, chock full of interesting information about the fate of the Trianon after the 18th century as well as the lifestyle it harbored in the years before the revolution.

Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles by Christian Duvernois and Francois Halard

The story of Marie Antoinette's private domain as told by garden expert Christian Duvernois, enhanced by Francois Halard's gorgeous and detailed photographs.

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