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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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