About Me

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's been spotlighted and featured in News From France, Girlebooks, PBS, and Oxford University Press. She is an art librarian, art historian, and blogger. 

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, and - weather permitting - running.

She holds an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, an MS in Information Science from the University at Albany, and a BFA in Studio Art. She has spent the last eight 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."

Digonnet, Anaïs. (23 December 2010) "Les potins de Marie Antoinette." France - Amerique: le journal francais des Etats-Unis. 

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

The George Washington 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 (2014/08/15), "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.

"The 10 Best Blogs For History Lovers To Follow In 2017-2018." HistoryDegree.net. September 28, 2017.

Zaleski, E. (2019, May 3). [Interview with L. Puzier and C. Thomas]. The Scandalous Life of Marie Antoinette's Versailles Apartments. The Daily Beast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-scandalous-life-of-marie-antoinettes-versailles-apartments