Clandestine Correspondence: The Letters of Marie Antoinette and Count Mercy

25 February 2020



Image: 19th century facsimile of Marie Antoinette letter © Catriona Seth

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For over 20 years Marie Antoinette exchanged notes and letters with the Imperial Ambassador to France, count Mercy. Was she a naive puppet of the Habsburgs, betraying French secrets? Is there any foundation to the accusations of political scheming made at her trial? The more than 100 letters and notes, many of them unpublished, which she wrote to the diplomat during her time in Versailles and at the Tuileries give answers to these and to many other questions.


Professor Catriona Seth, All Souls, University of Oxford