Codes, invisible ink, secret seals, go-betweens . . . theirs was a romance fraught with peril and cloaked by intrigue. This was no ordinary couple: Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France and her devoted lover, Swedish soldier and politician Count Axel von Fersen. Only their correspondence dealing with political matters had come to light before British historian Evelyn Farr turned detective to reveal the dangerous passion that united the ill-fated Queen and her bold and brilliant lover.
Evelyn Farr has mined archives across Europe to compile the first complete and unexpurgated edition of Marie-Antoinette’s correspondence with Axel von Fersen. These letters, supported by many other unpublished documents, confirm unequivocally their passionate and enduring love affair. Using examples from her research, Evelyn Farr will present a detailed picture of this most secret liaison and demonstrate the painstaking detective work that enabled her to reveal declarations of love last read by Marie-Antoinette herself two centuries ago.
Föredraget hålls på engelska.