Bloody Queen Deductions

1. Marriage

This is the contract signed by Queen Maria Theresa*.

Secret letter 1: The King’s brothers gloated at his particularly laughable defect. They glared covetously at the opportunity to ascend the throne. As long as the Queen has not given birth to any child, this sort of glee can continue to last. 

*Maria Theresa was Marie Antoinette's mother, an Austrian archduchess, and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty from 1740 to 1780. 

2. Summer Palace

The Petit Trianon* is not some place for meditation, but a shelter she used to distance herself from the palace.

Secret letter 2: Marie is an individualist through and through; she only thinks about herself, about those fashion playthings. The young and foolish queen has yet to understand the extreme power of rumours and slanders. The decadence of royal authority is going to creep out from the Palace of Versailles^. The people will absolutely love the rumours regarding the King’s incompetence and the Queen’s insatiateness. 

*The Petit Trianon is a small chateau located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, France. 20-year-old Louis XVI gave the chateau to his 19-year-old Queen Marie Antoinette for her exclusive use and enjoyment.

^The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI.

3. Friend

When you can’t find any solace in your marriage, then friendship becomes unusually important. 

Rumour 1: Princesse de Lamballe* is the Queen’s closest friend. This kind of relationship bedazzled the young and lonely queen. I hear that they have some sort of secrets that cannot be publicized.

*Princesse de Lamballe was a close friend of Queen Marie Antoinette. She was married at the age of 17 to Louis Alexandre de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Prince de Lamballe, the heir to the greatest fortune in France.

4. Polignac’s Salon*

If there are things still needed from you, then she will be the most considerate almsgiver in your entire life. 

Secret letter 3: Promoting Duchesse de Polignac^ into the summer palace to replace Princesse de Lamballe was a good thing. She is modest and elegant, beautiful and charming. But this angel with violet eyes is going to be more expensive than Madame de Pompadour#. She will help us construct a new social alliance, so that those merited royalty and Austrian political advisors are excluded and far away from her good graces. 

*A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

^Duchesse de Polignac gradually replaced Princesse de Lamballe as the favourite of Marie Antoinette. Duchesse de Polignac was outgoing and social, seeing the reserved Lamballe as a boor, while Lamballe disliked the bad influence she regarded Polignac to have over the queen. Marie Antoinette, who was unable to make them get along, started to prefer the company of Duchesse de Polignac, who could better satisfy her need for amusement and pleasure.

#Madame de Pompadour, was a member of the French court. She was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to 1751, and remained influential as court favourite until her death. She was estimated to have spent 35,924,140 livres. 

5. Child

The Queen of France’s childbirth is not a simple private family event. 

Rumour 2: It’s a girl! This was completely unexpected, the King has returned to normal. It is said that the childbirth lasted an entire seven and a half hours, and Princesse de Lamballe was the first one to rush into the maternity room. 

6. Throne

The parabola for a happy life has reached its peak, moving forward it will go all the way down, straight to an all-time low. 

Secret letter 4: Old nobles who had lost their glory, new nobles who had yet to walk out of the shadows, the rejected ladies-in-waiting*, ladies who had to follow the rules inflexibly because of their ugliness… these unpopular groups gathered in Schloss Belvedere^, and concocted poisonous rumours in that secret room. They displayed superficial sympathy in the King’s life, only specifically targeting the radiant, happy young Queen.

*A lady-in-waiting or court lady is a female personal assistant at a court, royal or feudal, attending to a royal woman or a high-ranking noblewoman. A royal woman may or may not be free to select her ladies, and, even when she has such freedom, her choices are usually heavily influenced by the sovereign, her parents, her husband, or the sovereign's ministers.
^Schloss Belvedere hosted a masked ball to mark the occasion of the marriage of Marie-Antoinette in 1770. 

7. Defender of Monarchism

They may be situated in a dangerous situation, but so what?

Rumour 3: Comtesse de Provence* and Comte d'Artois^ set their headquarters in Koblenz#, declaring war against the traitors. Meanwhile, the King and the Queen are in trouble. They adopted the constitution. To survive, they threw away the dignity of the royalty, how sad and ridiculous! 

*Marie Joséphine, Comtesse de Provence, sister-in-law to Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. She was a Princess of France and Countess of Provence by marriage to the future King Louis XVIII of France.

^Charles X, Count of Artois (French: comte d'Artois) was King of France from 16 September 1824 until 2 August 1830.

#After the fall of the Bastille in 1789, Koblenz became one of the principal rendezvous points for French émigrés. Among the many royalist French refugees who flooded into the city were Louis XVI's two younger brothers, the Comte de Provence and the Comte d'Artois.

8. Prison

People often can only recognize who their true friends are in their hardest times, but we usually do not wish this sort of situation would really happen. 

Rumour 4: Princesse de Lamballe continued to remain beside the Queen; meanwhile, the cute and gentle Duchesse de Polignac had already accompanied her family and escaped France. She never stopped sending letters towards the palace, looking forward to the chance that the royalty would revive once more. Then, she would be a loyal friend again. 

9. Freedom

We act on your behalf. 

Secret letter 5: The purpose of the revolution is to defeat the royal power and the autocratic authority, thus we must destroy the Queen. And since the attacks are on the Queen, it is best to concentrate on her identity as a woman. Include all types of sins, depravities, abnormalities without hesitation on this Austrian she-wolf*. Spread “Marie Antoinette’s Hideous Life”, spread her terrible reputation!

*She-wolf was frequently used as a term for foreign-born queens (Marie was born in Austria), as a sign of their otherness and treachery.

10. Farewell

Even sublime and pure beliefs can become vile and filthy when exploited by a person of low moral stature. 

Secret letter 6: Just a few more days, a few more weeks, and Paris will forget there once was a Queen named Marie Antoinette who was decapitated. And people will quickly long for the nostalgic happiness in trampling over the royal family, at the same time anticipating the new King. Revolution will eventually succeed one day, but it is certainly not based on the false testimonies today. 

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