answersLogoWhite

0


Best Answer

This quotation is popularly attributed to Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI and the last Queen of France. In response to the news that the French peasants had no bread and were starving, she allegedly said, "let them eat cake." However, she never actually said that. Even though the quotation is attributed to her, it was actually spoken a century before by Marie-Therese, wife of Louis XIV. It was a callous and ignorant statement and she, Marie Antoinette, was neither. See the Related Links below.

The quote was: 'Let them eat brioche' but its unlikely that she ever said this. (A brioche is a very enriched bread, more like a cake.)

The expression first appeared in The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, completed in 1769 when Marie Antoinette was 13, where he wrote:

"Enfin je me rappelai le pis-aller d'une grande princesse à qui l'on disait que les paysans n'avaient pas de pain, et qui répondit : Qu'ils mangent de la brioche."

Translation:

"Finally I recalled the last resort of a great princess who was told that the peasants had no bread, and who responded: "Let them eat brioche."

This is the only recorded use of the expression. The 'great princess' was clearly someone else.

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

Apparently, she never did say it. During the famine, when the French people were complaining about the food shortage, especially that of bread, she is said to have said it. (It is said she stated that after hearing of the complains.) However, there is no solid proof that she ever said it. According to a documentary, Antoinette wouldn't have even paid attention to the people and/or their sufferings. Her luxuries were more important for her.

Hope that helped.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

She never said that. It was said 100 years before her by Marie-Thérèse, the wife of Louis XIV. It was a callous and ignorant statement and she, Marie Antoinette, was neither.

This answer is:
User Avatar

User Avatar

Wiki User

12y ago

Marie Antoinette said let them eat cake about the French peasants who were revolting because they had no food.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Who is the french queen who said let them eat cake?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
magnify glass
imp
Related questions

Who is reported to have said let them eat cake?

No, she never said that. it's possible that another queen of france said that but its not a definite. marie antoinette actually gave lots to charity.no, a noble woman said ''let them eat cake''


What was rumored that Queen Maria Antoinette said?

"Let them eat cake" ( "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche") .


How do you say let them eat cake in French?

"Let them eat cake" is "qu'ils mangent du gâteau" in French. If you refer to the famous answer from the Queen Marie-Antoinette: "if they don't have any more bread, let them eat cake", the original quote is supposedly "s'ils n'ont plus de pain, qu'ils mangent de la brioche". While this is often used to illustrate the arrogance of aristocrats, it is now questioned that she ever said that.


How do you say lava cake in french?

I don't think you would. It is not something the French would be inclined to eat. Having said that, lava is "lave" in French, and cake is "gateaux." So maybe "lave-gateaux"?


What cake did you eat at your birthday party?

Dairy Queen cake! It has chocolate vanilla and fudge!


What was Queen Marie Antoinette famous for saying?

The infamous quote, "Let them eat cake." However, it's been proven that she never actually said it.


Kirsten Dunst says let them eat cake in what movie?

Kirsten Dunst plays Marie Antoinette, the Austrian-born last Queen of France, in the 2006 movie Marie Antoinette.The popular legend goes that, in response to the news that the French peasants had no bread and were starving, Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake."However, she never actually said that. It's a total myth. And Kirsten Dunst didn't say it in the movie, either.


What did the queen say after the french revolution and what is she famous for having said?

Just before the French revolution broke out, there was a serious bread shortage in France. The people believed it was a trick of their monarchs so that the price of bread would rise skyhigh and the economy would benefit from it. They believed the King and Queen had a large stock of flower hidden in Versailles. This, ofcourse, was not the case at all. It was a viscious rumour that Marie Antoinette said "so what if there is no more bread? Let them eat cake!" but this she never said. It was a comment uttered by another queen 100 years before Marie Antoinette was even born.


What did peasants eat during the French Revolution?

Hey, I am doing an assessment on the French Revolution as we speak and as I remember they actually ate near to nothing. As Louis' wife said when royals said 'the commons have no bread' she said 'let them have cake.' Sorry but I know that wasn't alot of help.


What was Marie Antoinette famous phrase?

"Let them eat cake" However, the line is fictional, something she never said.


What was one enduring initiated by the french revolutionaries?

let them eat cake


What cake do french people eat on January 6?

sherburn high