Saturday, April 19, 2008
Child of Terror
Valerie Steiker's review of Susan Nagel's Marie-Thérèse, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter makes what sound like some valid criticisms but reflects predictable modernist bias, automatically assuming that 19th century royalism was nothing more than a "narrow mindset" contrasting with "the forces of democracy invigorating Europe." Ah yes, all that bloodshed between 1789 and 1815 sure was "invigorating," wasn't it? How "narrow" for someone who'd lived through that to prefer the ancien regime! For a Catholic monarchist perspective on the same book see Elena Maria Vidal.