Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

By Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette was once a toddler of fourteen while her mom, the Empress of Austria, prepared for her to go away her kinfolk and her nation to turn into the spouse of the fifteen-year-old Dauphin, the long run King of France. Coming of age within the such a lot public of arenas—eager to be a very good spouse and powerful queen—she warmly embraces her followed country and its voters. She indicates her new husband not anything yet love and encouragement, although he many times fails to consummate their marriage and in so doing is not able to offer what she and the folks of France hope such a lot: a toddler and an inheritor to the throne. Deeply dissatisfied and remoted in her personal intimate circle, and except the social lifetime of the court docket, she permits herself to stay unaware of the country's becoming financial and political crises, while terrible harvests, sour winters, conflict money owed, and poverty precipitate uprising and revenge. The younger queen, as soon as cherished by way of the typical people, turns into a goal of scorn, cruelty, and hatred as she, the court's nobles, and the remainder of the royal family members are stuck up within the nightmarish violence of a murderous time referred to as "the Terror."

With penetrating perception and with wondrous narrative ability, Sena Jeter Naslund deals an intimate, clean, heartbreaking, and dramatic reimagining of this really compelling girl that is going a long way past renowned myth—and she makes a bygone time of tumultuous swap as actual to us because the one we live in now.

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All on board are well—present my kind remembrances to Captain and Mrs. Bligh, and believe me Yours very sincerely Thos. Pasley P. S. 2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty.

2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty. The second was the small, two-masted brig Assistant to serve as tender, with 27 men, among them four marines, all commanded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock, an experienced and science-minded sailor.

At 10 the signal to engage . . 5 A few shots were exchanged, but darkness came on with heavy rain and thick haze, and the French ships vanished into the gloom. In December 1793 the Bellerophon returned for the winter to the naval anchorage at Spithead, in the strait between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The ship’s refit began: repairs, replacements, sides and stern repainted. Flinders recorded a cold winter, squally, with sleet and snow in January. In April 1794 Captain William Pasley was promoted to rearadmiral, and Flinders, still with him on the Bellerophon, became an aide-de-camp.

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