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?
“Leonard and His Magical Comb “
Five Star Review on Amazon by Lynn Dressbac
Oh Leonard! The man behind Marie Antoinette’s fabulous hairstyles finally gets his spot in the limelight thanks to this enlightening take on the hairdresser’s history. As a fan of the French Revolution, I found this intimate take on the events to be both insightful and interesting. Leonard’s rise to fame is almost as intriguing as his rising hairstyles, but it is his importance in significant events like the Flight to Varennes and other episodes that I found to be the pinnacle of the book. I loved the inclusion of illustrations and portraits, but if I had to complain, I would say that at times the author jumped around and mentioned significant events in passing. If you are a fan of Marie Antoinette, 18th century fashion or just want to read about a flamboyant hairdresser, this is certainly the book for you!
About the Author
Will Bashor has a B.A. degree in French and an M.A. degree in French literature from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in International Studies from the American Graduate School in Paris where he gathered letters, newspapers, journals, and plays during his research for Marie Antoinette’s Head. Professor at Franklin University and a member of the Society for French Historical Studies, he attended the annual meeting at Harvard University in 2013 where he presented the political importance of Leonard Autie’s role in the royal family’s unsuccessful flight to Varennes. Visit him at www.willbashor.com.
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