Marie-Antoinette and Count Fersen: The Untold Love Story

Written by Evelyn Farr
Review by Shannon Gallagher

In this revised and expanded edition of her acclaimed study, Evelyn Farr introduces new evidence in her continued efforts to reveal the depth of the personal relationship between Queen Marie-Antoinette and Swedish Count Axel von Fersen. It would seem that many cannot accept that this woman, so cruelly vilified, could have enjoyed a passionate relationship, which evidences the power of slander and rumor promulgated by the anti-monarchists through the centuries.

Farr meticulously details the relationship between the Queen and Fersen, from its beginning until its tragic end. Drawing from her past research as well as new archival sources, even decoding much of the correspondence herself, Farr presents a very convincing factually- based account of the lasting love between the Queen and Fersen. It clearly shows his passionate dedication to her in good times and bad. In the face of such evidence as Farr abundantly provides, it is unreasonable to believe anything other than the existence and endurance of a mutual love affair between the Queen and her Count. At least it is comforting to know that in the Queen’s brief and tragic life she shared something special with her love and her champion.