Versailles no Bara
Rose of Versailles
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Versailles no Bara

Alternative Titles

English: Rose of Versailles
Synonyms: Berusaiyu no Bara, Lady Oscar
Japanese: ベルサイユのばら


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 82
Status: Finished
Published: , 1972 to , 1973
Genres: DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo, MilitaryMilitary
Authors: Ikeda, Riyoko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Margaret


Score: 8.381 (scored by 32893,289 users)
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Ranked: #1892
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Popularity: #1222
Members: 10,801
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Hoping to unite their countries with an alliance, The Empress of Austria arranges her daughter, the delightful yet spoiled Marie Antoinette, to marry the crown prince of France, Louis XVI. Upon arriving in Versailles, the Austrian princess meets Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, Captain of the Royal Guards—a seemingly dashing young man—but to Antoinette's astonishment, he is in fact a woman!

The youngest daughter of a noble family with a prominent lack of a male heir, Oscar was raised as a boy to continue the family's military legacy. Suffocated by the rigid rules associated with her new position and longing for companionship, Antoinette immediately takes a liking to this intriguing young woman, and wastes no time befriending her. However, as the childish new queen foolishly abuses her power, Oscar is conflicted between maintaining her loyalty to the royal family and addressing the growing concern of poverty among the common people.

Recalling the events of the French Revolution, Versailles no Bara depicts the struggles of two women unjustly burdened by family expectations. Yet, despite being forced to deny their identities at the expense of personal happiness, they march on to become key players in the annals of history.

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Written and illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda, Versailles no Bara is both a love story and a historical Japanese manga series, set against the backdrop of the 1789 French Revolution. It became an instant success, known as the "Berubara Boom" phenomenon, with millions of copies sold around the world since its appearance on May 21th, 1972.

In 1983, the first two volumes of Versailles no Bara were translated into English by Frederik L. Schodt for the purpose of teaching English to Japanese speakers and released in North America by the North American branch of Sanyusha. It was the first commercially translated manga to be available in North America.

The manga has been adapted into several "Takarazuka Revue" musicals, as well as an anime television series, produced by Tokyo Movie Shinshahas. It has also influenced works like Shoujo Kakumei Utena and Chevalier D'Eon.

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Aug 8, 2020
Youzernaim (All reviews)
After many years reading mostly shônen, I decided to dive in the world of shôjo. What could be a better start than "Versailles no Bara" (or "Lady Oscar" as we smartly translated) ?
This 70's manga is known to have brought a whole new dimension to shôjo and I think any reader can see why, even today, even not knowing much about shôjo.

First of all, it's not reduced to a bunch of love stories in Versailles with nobles in beautifull clothes. It has a strong historic context (french revolution) with all ingredients that come with it : battles, conspiracies, bloody deaths, politic, social and economic portrait read more
Jun 27, 2020
Krankastel (All reviews)
Today’s review is for Riyoko Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles (also known as Lady Oscar in Europe), one of the most influential and revolutionary works of the 70s.

Among the first major manga written and drawn by a woman, and part of a series of projects that promoted shōjo manga as a significant genre, it owes its success to its unique setting, iconic heroine Oscar and its radical (for its time) ideas.

Note: parts of section [1.b] could be considered as spoilers, but someone knowledgeable in French history may already have an idea. Proceed with caution.

[1. Let’s start with the story and characters...]

Set in 18th century France, before read more
May 7, 2021
faeryghost (All reviews)
I became interested in reading The Rose of Versailles manga a few years ago after finishing the anime, only to discover that it wasn’t legally available to read in English! Finally, though, Udon Entertainment finished publishing their (needlessly expensive) hardcover editions, and I’ve managed to complete my readthrough!

I really enjoyed reading The Rose of Versailles. It feels like a grand, romantic tale, featuring melodrama and stellar artwork in abundance. It’s easy to grasp the massive mark that this series has had on the Shoujo genre; the characters feel their emotions with such intensity, and every shifting mood is highlighted by sudden rays of light and read more
May 29, 2019
anoncology (All reviews)
I'm going to have a difficult time giving this manga a 9, since I truly loved it from beginning to end. One could say I'm being generous and that this manga deserves even lower, but I still think highly of it as it intertwines different themes into one being. For the first manga I've ever read being from 1970's, it certainly changed my view of manga from that time period.

When I came to know Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, I fell in love. I mean, everyone loved her, but the reader is no exception. A person gets to see her explore the emotions that read more

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