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Did Marie Antoinette Ever Say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

One legend has it, that Marie Antoinette shouted "let them eat cake" as she was forced to the guillotine by a mob of starving French peasants. Another version has it that when she heard the people were starving from a lack of bread, she said "Let them eat cake." The saying "Let them eat cake" was first written by the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his autobiography "Confessions."

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake." 00:00

  2. The saying "Let them eat cake" was first written and published by the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his autobiography "Confessions." 00:39

  3. Near the end of her life, Marie Antoinette had her son taken from her and "retrained" with the ideals of revolutionists. 07:25

Written by Curiosity Staff October 22, 2015

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