The Lost King of France: A True Story of Revolution, Revenge and DNA. --- by Deborah Cadbury. On April 19, 2000, Professors Cassiman and Brinkman announced to the world that the boy who had died in the Tower of Paris in 1795 was definitely the son of Marie-Antoinette. This conclusion had definitively been arrived at by the comparison of Mitochondrial DNA taken from samples taken from Marie-Antoinette’s matrilineal descendents and a very important relic of Louis-Charles, son of Louis XVI and heir to the French throne as Louis XVII: the Dauphin’s heart. This finally wrote finis to two centuries of false pretenders who laid claim to the throne of France, who claimed to be the prince; who claimed to have been secreted from the tower and to have survived execution. But this isn’t where the strength of this book lies. Rather its real story lies with the tale it tells of the royal family, Louis XV, Marie Antoinette, the princess Marie Therese and young Louis Charles, heir to the throne and how they were terrorized, tortured and then, one by one save for Marie Therese, they were murdered by the rabble in the name of France. Author Cadbury writes history convincingly and with great empathy. One is ready to curse those who perpetuate the revolution in the name of democracy and equality but end up doling out nothing but monstrosities. She makes history very, very personal. Lots of references and a good helping of bibliography.
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