10 top royal love stories
4. "Marie Antoinette: The Journey," by Antonia Fraser
She was only 14 and he was a very awkward 16. When Marie Antoinette wed Louis XVI there was nothing fairy tale about their romance. Intended principally to strengthen the Austrian-French alliance, the marriage took more than six years to consummate. Antonia Fraser's highly readable biography of Marie Antoinette is a tragedy rather than a romance but it remains a compelling story.