Marie Antoinette's head : the royal hairdresser, the queen, and the revolution

by Bashor, Will.

Format: Print Book 2013
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South Park Library Biographies 944.035 BAS
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction MODERN HISTORY 944.035 BAS 2013
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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 queen's 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 queen's affairs?

Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship,  Marie Antoinette's 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 Léonard's own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, French History professor and expert Will Bashor, tells Autie's mostly unknown story. Bashor chronicles Leonard's 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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Subjects Autié, Léonard, -- 1751?-1820.
Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793.
Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of France, -- 1755-1793 -- Friends and associates.
France -- History -- Louis XVI, 1774-1793.
France -- History -- Revolution -- 1789-1799.
France -- Court and courtiers -- Biography.
Publisher Guilford, Connecticut :2013
Language English
Description 299 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780762791538 (hardback)
0762791535 (hardback)
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