AboutMarie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: About

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Established in 2008, this contemporary, tell-all site, explores the age of Louis XVI. It focuses on art, fashion, architecture, music, scandals, and our favorite French débutantes as well as 18th-century inspirations in pop culture. The site coincides with the Georgian perspective at Georgiana's Gossip Guide.






Lauren created the guide after spending an evening gossiping about research with friend and colleague, Heather.  Champagne and cupcakes were involved, making a fun and nerdy night. They decided to share it all on sister-sites originally called Devonshire Brown and Versailles Blue. Thankfully... after a few days of careful title consideration, the gossip guides were born!

An art librarian, art historian, and blogger, Lauren's been spotlighted and featured on News From France, Girlebooks, PBS, and Oxford University Press among others.

When she's not researching all things art, assisting her students, or buying all of the art books(!), you can find her re-reading Jane Austen, streaming tons of television without a trace of shame, and - weather permitting - running.

She holds an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex and an MS in Information Science from the University at Albany, as well as a BFA for good measure. She has spent the last five years promoting the study of art history and the 18th century online. Lauren lives, works and blogs in  New York City.



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Who loves Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide? Read interviews and check out mentions:


ASECS GRAD CAUCUS: American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies - "Blogs for the Eighteenth Century Enthusiast."

Epicure & Culture - "Amazing History Blogs To Add To Your Reading List Today." 


Girlebooks -  "Review: "Memoirs of the Court of Marie Antoinette" by Madame Campan."

George Mason University's History News Network - "Cliopatria's History Blogroll Part 2: Early Modern History Blogs." Cliopatria: A Group Blog.

     Nominated for Best Series of Posts: Early Modern History Category for the "Sixth Annual Cliopatria Awards for History Blogging." 

History and Other Thoughts - "15 Minutes with Lauren @ Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century."

News from France - Interview "Blogs: Sharing Gossip from a Bygone Era." In News from France  #5, Press and Communication Office of the Embassy of France.

Oxford University Press - Excerpt from my review: "Dangerous Talk Scandalous, Seditious, and Treasonable Speech in Pre-Modern England." Oxford University Press - Oxford Books.
Read my review here.






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If we travel far enough-we know how to make a meaningful individual choice among works of art. And we shall be able to say, with some justice, that we know what we like.





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