Marie Antoinette'S Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution
Marie Antoinette'S Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution
Marie Antoinette'S Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution
Lyons Press

Marie Antoinette'S Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution

  • Publish Date: 2013-10-16
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Will Bashor

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Marie Antoinette has remained atop the popular cultural landscape for centuries for the daring in style and fashion that she brought to 18th century France. For the better part of the queens reign, one man was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that her coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Who was this minister of fashion who wielded such tremendous influence over the queens affairs?

Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship,Marie Antoinettes Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autie from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette.By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Lonards own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, French History professor and expert Will Bashor, tells Auties mostly unknown story. Bashor chronicles Leonards story, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence. Besides his proximity to the queen, Leonard also had a most fascinating life filled with sex (he was the only man in a female dominated court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, theft, exile, treason, and possibly, execution.

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