Évelyne Lever

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Évelyne Lever (known simply in English as Evelyne Lever) is a contemporary French historian and writer.[1] She is married to a French historian, Maurice Lever, who is the author of Sade.[2]

Lever was previously a research engineer at CNRS, and then began to focus more on 18th-century history. In particular, she focuses on certain people, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour.

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France was her first book to be published in the United States.[2] It is less extensive than Lever's French version (Marie-Antoinette : la dernière reine), and was written specifically for an American audience.[1]

She continues to write on and about 18th-century history.[1]



  • 1792, les procès de Louis XVI et de Marie-Antoinette, Complexe
  • Louis XVIII, Fayard, 1988
  • Louis XVI, Fayard, 1991
  • Mémoires du baron de Breteuil, édition critique, Paris, François Bourin, 1992
  • Marie-Antoinette : la dernière reine, Gallimard, coll. "Découvertes Gallimard" vol. 402, Paris, 2000
  • Madame de Pompadour: A Life, (with) Catherine Temerson, trad. by Catherine Temerson, St. Martin's Press, 2003
  • L'Affaire du Collier, Fayard, 2004
  • Les dernières noces de la monarchie. Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette, Fayard, 2005
  • Lettres intimes (1778–1782) : Que je suis heureuse d'être ta femme, (written by) Marquis de Bombelles and Marquise de Bombelles, prefaced by Évelyne Lever, Tallandier, 2005
  • C'était Marie-Antoinette, Fayard, 2006
  • Marie-Antoinette, correspondance (1770–1793), edition established and presented by Évelyne Lever
  • Marie-Antoinette : Journal d'une reine, Tallandier, coll. "Texto", 2008
  • Le Chevalier d’Eon : « Une vie sans queue ni tête » , with Maurice Lever, Fayard, 2009


  • Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000