Author: Caroline Weber
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Summary: I loved all the little details of fashion in daily life that were included in this book, as well as the thorough citations supporting them.
I’m not sure if it’s entirely fair to call this a microhistory, since it does cover the fairly large topic of the French Revolution. However, it does so through the narrow, but informative lens of Marie Antoinette’s fashion choices. That topic is narrow enough that I was skeptical about how interesting it would be. While a lot of people in the goodreads group I read this with did find it too dense, I’m happy to say that my concerns were unfounded. I thought this was a fascinating way to look at this time period. The author included delightful details of daily life, backed up by thorough citations of primary sources. She also made a convincing argument that Marie Antoinette’s fashion was influential enough that it was a worthwhile frame through which to analyze this time period. Read more »