By Will Bashor
Marie Antoinette has remained atop the preferred cultural panorama for hundreds of years for the bold well-liked and model that she delivered to 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 was once at its such a lot ostentatious top. Who was once this minister of style who wielded such great impact over the queen’s affairs?
Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for extraordinary 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 premiere hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette. By unearthing numerous assets from the 18th and nineteenth centuries, together with memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court docket files, and archived periodicals the writer, French heritage professor and specialist Will Bashor, tells Autie’s usually unknown tale. Bashor chronicles Leonard’s tale, the function he performed within the lifetime of his most renowned consumer, and the chaotic and history-making global within which he rose to prominence. in addition to his proximity to the queen, Leonard additionally had a such a lot attention-grabbing existence choked with intercourse (he was once the one guy in a feminine ruled court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, robbery, exile, treason, and doubtless, execution.