Primary Source Analysis Madame Campan

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Alysia Sombillo Mrs. Ray World History, period 1 10-27-15 Primary Source Analysis Analyzing a Primary Source The author of “Memoirs of the Private Life of Marie Antoinette,” is Jeanne- Louise-Henriette Campan (also known as Madame Campan). Jeanne-Louise-Henriette Campan was a French educator, writer, and lady-in-waiting to Queen Marie Antoinette. She was in the service of Marie Antoinette before and during the French Revolution. Jeanne-Louise-Henriette Campan is famous for her unique memoirs- especially her memoirs of Marie Antoinette. Because of her close connection to Queen Marie Antoinette, she was able to give readers a glimpse into the Queen’s private life and personality. The background of this source and the book “Memoirs of the…show more content…
She is an extraordinary story teller with interesting stories; she gives an inside view of the court, its inhabitants, and the way it operated. The inside look at the court is filled with detailed accounts and amusing stories. Madame Campan was in the inner circle and was greatly trusted by the royal family. As with most memoirs, Madame Campan is extremely biased. She showed adoration for Queen Marie Antoinette, King Louis XIV, the royal family, and she was Queen Marie Antoinette’s beloved mistress. In her mind, Marie Antoinette was never at fault and Madame Campan never questioned her bad habits. She also failed to notice Marie Antoinette’s flaws due to how unpopular she already was among the people. Madame Campan’s given information is solid and really valuable. She wrote this after the fall of the monarchy, so she did not have anything in particular to gain by portraying Queen Marie Antoinette favorably and eulogizing her. Her stories are backed up by the fact that she was very close to the royal family, and experienced things that no one else would have been able to. A couple of her personal experiences were that she was there during the attack on the Versailles and got her petticoats drenched in blood during the attack on the
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