One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair
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Every man has the capacity to grow facial hair, but the decision to do so has always come with layers of meaning. Facial hair has traditionally marked a passage into manhood, but its various manifestations have been determined by class, religious belief, historical precedent, and occupational status. Beards have at one time or another come to represent wisdom, goodness, sorcery, diabolism, psychological depth, and revolution; they have been purchased, elaborately trimmed, adorned, and dyed, and deracinated as a form of torture. To this day, the act of displaying facial hair is still regarded as a form of ultimate cool.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juliayoung - LibraryThing
Pretty much anything you would ever want to know about facial hair is included in Peterkin's book. It contains entertaining chapters on everything from bearded women to the significance of facial hair ... Read full review
"Norman the Conqueror did not wear a beard before the conquest, but he and his followers assumed them soon after."
Terrible prose and inaccuracy. Someone should write a cultural history of facial hair, but it should not be the author of this book.
In case it isn't clear. William was the conqueror, he was from Normandy. One does not put beards on and take them off like clothing, so it is difficult to "not wear" and then "assume" one.