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An upcoming historical fiction novel from Scholastic Press:
Synopsis (via Amazon.com)

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.
Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there’s much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures - than meets the eye.

An upcoming historical fiction novel from Scholastic Press:

Synopsis (via Amazon.com)

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.

Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she’s known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she’s forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there’s much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman’s wax figures - than meets the eye.

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Fear No More by Hester Chapman.
This is the only English-language novel that I know of which deals with Louis Charles’ life from his own perspective. I talked a bit in my Goodreads review about what I didn’t really care for in the novel (in short, creating a fictional character to sexually abuse Louis Charles) but it’s still worth the read if you want something different than the usual novels about Marie Antoinette and her family.
Also, something I never noticed until the today—the cover art has a portrait of Marie Antoinette pinned to Louis Charles’ jacket. A heartbreaking detail, since his relationship with his mother is one of the stronger threads in the book, at least up until the last act.

Fear No More by Hester Chapman.

This is the only English-language novel that I know of which deals with Louis Charles’ life from his own perspective. I talked a bit in my Goodreads review about what I didn’t really care for in the novel (in short, creating a fictional character to sexually abuse Louis Charles) but it’s still worth the read if you want something different than the usual novels about Marie Antoinette and her family.

Also, something I never noticed until the today—the cover art has a portrait of Marie Antoinette pinned to Louis Charles’ jacket. A heartbreaking detail, since his relationship with his mother is one of the stronger threads in the book, at least up until the last act.

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"But why? Why?”

Louis made a helpless gesture. “One must submit, one must try always to have faith in God.”

"Who is God? What is God? I no longer believe in God.” She said this again when the end came, tears streaming down her cheeks, her heart cold within her. Louis, so badly in need of comfort himself, tried clumsily to comfort her.

"To lose faith now, Marie, is to lose everything."

"Everything has been lost already. What is there left to have faith in?"

"In each other," he said.

—Marie Antoinette by F.W. Kenyon

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