Posts tagged ‘Will Bashor’

France Book Tours stops for March 20-24

MARIE ANTOINETTE’S DARKEST DAYS
Tuesday, March 21
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at
Musings of a writer and unabashed francophile

 

Wednesday, March 23
Review + Giveaway at
Libri Amori Miei

 

Thursday, March 24
Review + Giveaway at
The Fictional 100

 

enemies-of-versailles
Monday, March 20
Spotlight  + Guest-post + Giveaway
at Bibliojunkies

 

Tuesday, March 21
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A Holland Reads

 

Wednesday, March 22
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at
I am, Indeed

 

Spotlight  + Giveaway at
A Bookaholic Swede

 

Thursday, March 23
Review + Giveaway at
Words And Peace

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Will Bashor on Tour: Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days

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After
Marie Antoinette's Head

Will Bashor

on  Tour

March 13-24

with

MARIE ANTOINETTE’S DARKEST DAYS

Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days:
Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie

(history – nonfiction)

 Release date: December 1, 2016
at Rowman & Littlefield

392  pages

ISBN: 978-1442254992

Website | Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

This compelling book begins on the 2nd of August 1793, the day Marie Antoinette was torn from her family’s arms and escorted from the Temple to the Conciergerie, a thick-walled fortress turned prison. It was also known as the waiting room for the guillotine because prisoners only spent a day or two here before their conviction and subsequent execution. The ex-queen surely knew her days were numbered, but she could never have known that two and a half months would pass before she would finally stand trial and be convicted of the most ungodly charges.

Will Bashor traces the final days of the prisoner registered only as Widow Capet, No. 280, a time that was a cruel mixture of grandeur, humiliation, and terror. Marie Antoinette’s reign amidst the splendors of the court of Versailles is a familiar story, but her final imprisonment in a fetid, dank dungeon is a little-known coda to a once-charmed life. Her seventy-six days in this terrifying prison can only be described as the darkest and most horrific of the fallen queen’s life, vividly recaptured in this richly researched history.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Bashor picture Will Bashor
earned his M.A. degree in French literature
from Ohio University
and his Ph.D. in International Studies
from the American Graduate School in Paris
where he gathered letters, newspapers, and journals
during his research for the award-winning
Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution.
Now living in Albi, France,
and a member of the Society for French Historical Studies,
his latest work, Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie,
was released in December 2016.
He is currently working on the final part of his historical trilogy,
Marie Antoinette’s World: The Labyrinth to the Queen’s Psyche.

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 13
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Books Are Cool

 

Tuesday, March 14
Review at Svetlana’s reads and views

 

Wednesday, March 15
Review by Denise

 

Friday, March 17
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace

 

Tuesday, March 21
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at
Musings of a writer and unabashed francophile

 

Wednesday, March 23
Review + Giveaway at Libri Amori Miei

 

Thursday, March 24
Review + Giveaway at The Fictional 100

 

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France Book Tours Alphabet: B is for…

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is for

Will BASHOR

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SYNOPSIS

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? Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution charts the rise of Leonard Autié from humble origins as a country barber in the south of France to the inventor of the Pouf and premier hairdresser to Queen Marie-Antoinette.

By unearthing a variety of sources from the 18th and 19th centuries, including memoirs (including Léonard’s own), court documents, and archived periodicals the author, Professor Will Bashor, tells Autié’s mostly unknown story. He chronicles Leonard’s story, the role he played in the life of his most famous client, and the chaotic and history-making world in which he rose to prominence. Besides his proximity to the queen, Leonard also had a most fascinating life filled with sex (he was the only man in a female dominated court), seduction, intrigue, espionage, theft, exile, treason, and possibly, execution. The French press reported that Léonard was convicted of treason and executed in Paris in 1793. However, it was also recorded that Léonard, after receiving a pension from the new King Louis XVIII, died in Paris in March 1820. Granted, Leonard was known as the magician of Marie-Antoinette’s court, but how was it possible that he managed to die twice?

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is also for

Bernard BESSON

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SYNOPSIS

A stylish, fast-paced spy thriller about the intrigue, economic warfare and struggles for natural resources promised by global warming. The Arctic ice caps are breaking up. Europe and the East Coast of the Unites States brace for a tidal wave. Meanwhile, former French intelligence officer John Spencer Larivière, his karate-trained, steamy Eurasian partner, Victoire, and their bisexual computer-genius sidekick, Luc, pick up an ordinary freelance assignment that quickly leads them into the glacial silence of the great north, where a merciless war is being waged for control of discoveries that will change the future of humanity.
The Greenland Breach: A plausible vision of climate catastrophe combines with French freelance spies and Bond-like action forming a gripping page-turner of a thriller.

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