History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned and so misunderstood as Marie-Antoinette.From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can t help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette s lifestyle gets ever-more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. "Includes historical notes, an author s note, and a bibliography.""