Today is the two hundredth and eighteenth anniversary of the terrible execution of Marie-Antoinette. The thirty-seven year-old Queen was beheaded by guillotine in what is now the Place de la Concorde just after noon on 16th October 1793.
The Death: Here is my post on her execution from last year.
Marie-Antoinette the Christian: Professor de Oliveira defends Marie-Antoinette and discusses the strength of her Catholic faith (via Tea at Trianon)
Marie-Antoinette and fashion: my post on the young Marie-Antoinette's fashion tastes
Defending Marie-Antoinette: novelist Elena Maria Vidal discusses why she never said "Let them eat cake"
A one-man woman: Elena Maria Vidal gives an excellent discussion of the rumours regarding Marie-Antoinette and count von Fersen, as dramatised in the 2006 movie Marie Antoinette, starring Kirsten Dunst.
Birth: my post on Marie-Antoinette's birth in Vienna and her christening