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Book Reviews — Will Bashor's “Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution”

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 3:56 pm, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

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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  • Will Bashor posted at 10:07 am on Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

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    Who would play Leonard?

     
  • Carol Armbruster posted at 6:43 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    CAsf Posts: 1

    Quite a story of a provincial arriviste to the court of Versailles. Definitely contributes to the continued and evolving fascination with Marie Antoinette as well as to the panorama of colorful characters in this dramatic period of French history. More movies?

     
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