Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution by Will Bashor, Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press, 299 pages
One of the final humiliations Marie Antoinette suffered, after languishing in a filthy prison cell, waiting for her execution, was to have her hair chopped off in order to offer a clean surface for the blade of the guillotine. Practical perhaps, but also the ultimate insult according to Marie Antoinette’s Head, a new historical work by Will Bashor, a professor at Franklin College, who earned his doctorate degree in international studies from the American Graduate School in Paris, and a member of the Society for French Historical Studies. The book won the 2013 Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Scholarship.
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