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Product Details

  • Series: Marie Antoinette
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1ST edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

“Charming….Juliet Grey creates an unforgettable tapestry of court intrigue, royal scandals, and dangerous romances all set against the spectacular background of Versailles.  Grey spoils her readers with her deliciously descriptive details of eighteenth-century fashion.”  —Bookloons.com
 
“It’s a mixture of sober historical fiction and fluff that will appeal to many readers.”  —Seven Days
 
“This engaging voice, coupled with vibrant descriptions of clothing, palaces, masques, and dinners, really thrusts the reader into the story…Exceptionally well done!”  —Historical Novel Review
 
“Grey has the gift of truly bringing Marie Antoinette to life.  Many authors have written about the Queen of France, but no one has managed to give her such a voice as Grey.  —Examiner.com
 
“This is a full and rich look at Marie Antoinette’s life as queen….Grey really does offer the best portrayal of Marie Antoinette in historical fiction.”  —Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner
 
“Juliet Grey is an absolute master at bringing 1700’s Versailles alive.”  —Book Drunkard

“Tells a good story, using her imagination to fill in the gaps of the official history.  Her story is filled with the pageantry of the times and provides a glimpse of a lavish and intrigue-filled period in history.”  —Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

"Grey’s characterization of Marie Antoinette is complex, making her such a multi-layered and interesting woman."  —Amoxcalli

"Juliet Grey does a wonderful job of crafting the world of this much maligned queen. " —Bippity Boppity Book

"I enjoyed the exceptionally detailed look at Marie's life as Queen of France." —The Eclectic Reader

"Grey has put a great deal of research into this book as you can feel the tension, love, and sorrow as if you were there."  —The History Nerd

"Every little detail in this book is delectable, and I savoured it thoroughly.  Written in good taste, nothing is amiss, and everything is possible."  —Enchanted by Josephine

About the Author

Juliet Grey is the author of Becoming Marie Antoinette. She has extensively researched European royalty and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette, as well as a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and southern Vermont.

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Customer Reviews

I can't wait for the next and final book of this amazing trilogy.
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I am really enjoying this novel, It's very interesting, I recommend this book to anybody that likes good and fast reading books.
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DAYS OF SPLENDOR, DAYS OF SORROW tells the story of Marie Antoinette's time as Queen of France.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This second book of Juliet Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy exceeded- by far, all my expectations. In the author's first book, Becoming Marie Antoinette, we read about Antonia and how she, at a very young age becomes Queen of France- a most delightful read from beginning to end- So much so that I named it my favourite read of 2011. So how was Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, going to compare, or better yet; give me more to get excited about?

Detailed to perfection at what is now customary Juliet Grey style, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, does not disappoint. Marie Antoinette blossoms into her own woman going through many peeling and riveting stages.

Her life is initially filled with the border-line obsession of finally consummating her marriage for the ultimate goal of bearing an heir to the French throne. Infinitely troubled by this freakish circumstance for several unbearable years, (ultimately due to the couple's ingenuousness and failure to seek proper medical intervention), Marie Antoinette desperately needed a diversion.

Young and carefree, but nonetheless suffocating behind those palace walls, Marie Antoinette chose to keep a close-knit entourage to help alleviate her sadness. She enjoyed her late card games, her fashion, her theatre and her beloved Petit Trianon, where she could be herself. Her every move at court though, was hence discriminated.

Finally, through motherhood and an heir to the throne -Marie Antoinette thought she had finally achieved happiness and won the love of her people...hmmm. Louis and Marie Antoinette shared a unique bond, but apparently another highly regarded male friend, Axel von Fersen, also held a special place in Marie Antoinette's heart...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauralee Jacks on February 14, 2014
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This is the second book in Juliet Grey’s trilogy of Marie Antoinette. In this novel, Marie Antoinette has at last become Queen of France. She decides to live a lavish lifestyle of gambling, dancing, and hosting parties, donning elaborate dresses and having extravagant and sometimes silly hairstyles. However in the midst of the glitz and glamour of being queen, she arouses disapproval and hatred of her French subjects.

In the beginning of the novel, the Parisian crowd greatly welcomes King Louis XVI’s reign with open arms. The king is young and kind-hearted and he has a beautiful, charming, young wife at his side. He seems to have a promising reign unlike his predecessor, Louis XV, whose reign caused hatred among his subjects. However, the king lacks one thing that would help secure France’s promising future-- an heir. When year after year goes by without an heir, they start to place their blame on the queen. They blame her for having an extravagant lifestyle for she is dancing and acting when she should be focusing on having a heir. This starts to damage her reputation and causes her to be hated and constantly mocked and criticized by her subjects.

Marie Antoinette’s high-rolling lifestyle is the result of her unhappiness to not get a dauphin. She is pressured by both her mother and her brother to get an heir, and she feels like she has failed her mother, her brother, and her subjects. She decides to spend excessively to help ease her stress and disappointment. However, when she does get an heir many years later, her reputation has already been tarnished and once she becomes the scapegoat in the infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace, she has already lost the love of her subjects, and there is nothing she could do to help recover her subjects’ love.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi Eisenberg on July 16, 2012
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I learned a great deal of history while enjoying a well - written book. I wish to read more books written by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on June 23, 2013
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I wasn't a HUGE fan of "Becoming Marie Antoinette" but I decided to finish out the trilogy. This one was ok (just like the last) but not my favorite read. I'm hoping the third book will redeem all my time. This novel, while full of good info, is dry and long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katy McGill on February 17, 2014
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I felt like I was there. By the time I finished this book I couldn't wait to start the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santiago Arnés on September 28, 2013
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Amazing story that takes us through the path of luxury and extravagance, passing through the necklace affair, all the way to the turmoil of the beginning of the French Revolution. Love Grey's narrative and way of captivating your attention in every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne F on August 21, 2013
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Good character development; the reader is drawn into this period of history with all the conspiracies and treachery that occurred within the elite society of the time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Bailie on July 15, 2013
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This was a great book... I couldn't put it down. I am huge historical fiction fan and I have ALWAYS loved Marie Antoinette. I was so excited to find both the first book and this one thank you Juliet Grey!
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