By Will Bashor
Marie Antoinette has remained atop the preferred cultural panorama for hundreds of years for the bold widespread and type that she dropped at 18th century France. For the higher a part of the queen’s reign, one guy was once entrusted with the only accountability of making sure that her hairstyle used to be at its such a lot ostentatious most sensible. Who used to be this minister of style who wielded such super impression over the queen’s affairs?
Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for individual Scholarship, Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the increase of Leonard Autie from humble origins as a rustic barber within the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and preferable hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette. By unearthing a number of assets from the 18th and nineteenth centuries, together with memoirs (including Léonard’s own), courtroom records, and archived periodicals the writer, French background professor and specialist Will Bashor, tells Autie’s often unknown tale. Bashor chronicles Leonard’s tale, the position he performed within the lifetime of his most renowned shopper, and the chaotic and history-making international within which he rose to prominence. along with his proximity to the queen, Leonard additionally had a so much attention-grabbing lifestyles choked with intercourse (he was once the one guy in a feminine ruled court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, robbery, exile, treason, and probably, execution.