Madame Tussaud (Hardback)
Her Life and Legacy
Madame Marie Tussaud is known worldwide for the chain of wax museums she started over 200 hundred years ago. Less known is that her original wax models were often of the famous and infamous people she personally knew during and after the French Revolution. These were people like Voltaire, Robespierre, and Napoleon — people who changed the world. Even more, the wax figures were depicted in scenes drawn from the horrors she experienced during the reign of terror in Paris during her early adult years.
This book shows how the traumatic and cataclysmic experiences of Madame Tussaud’s early life became part of her legacy. She created a succession of scenes in wax, telling events as she personally experienced them. Her wax sculptures were visceral. She made them herself, at times from the living person’s head and at other times from the recently guillotined head of a former house guest. As a result, people were drawn to her wax displays in those days because they were the most intense way of experiencing those events themselves.
Madame Tussaud’s story is told through a series of unique and informative stories drawn from an in-depth study of both Madame Tussaud’s life and the dramatic times in which she lived. This narrative style makes learning about history rewarding for both avid history readers and people with a casual interest in this unique story.
Overall it was an incredibly well-researched book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wishing to gain more background information about the life and times of Madam Tussaud.NetGalley, Anne Halford
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Heather Bennett
Madame Tussaud was such a fascinating person and her wax figures still live on today. Geri Walton really did a thorough research and The book is well written.
This was a deep and compelling memoir of the woman behind the famous wax empire that has since spread worldwide. From the time of her childhood in France studying with Dr. Curtius, to living through the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, to her life and death in Victorian England. Ms. Walton has carefully crafted together the timeline of Madame Tussaud’s life and work from numerous books and articles written about the enigmatic woman.NetGalley, Crystal Matz
This book was really interesting to me because of the background it gives you on her life and how she started making wax figures. It was well written and would be great for any fan of history and Madame Tussaud.NetGalley, Melinda Henning
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Carol Mason
Madame Tussaud by Geri Walton is truly one of the most interesting books I have read. It is a well researched and written biography of this fascinating woman and the turbulent times in which she lived and practiced her unique profession. I highly recommend it to all readers of biography.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Fran Eichenauer
"Madame Tussaud: Her Life and Legacy" by Geri Walton is a well documented history of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Marie's upbringing arguably allowed her to hobnob with royalty but also attend the lively discussions in her "uncle's" residence that included exchanges of ideas between Voltaire, Rousseau, Robespierre and other great thinkers of the time. Madame Tussaud's anecdotes and storytelling are put into perspective by author Walton's careful attention to detail. Walton provides an impressive bibliography as well as photos of many wax figures. "...the human details and their lifelike expressions were unnerving. When you looked at them, they looked back" Kudos to Geri Walton for an excellent, challenging read.
A very readable work, and one that will appeal to those with a deep interest in history as well as casual readers wishing to learn more about the woman behind the modern museums.NetGalley, reviewed by Nicki Markus
This is a very readable work, and one that will appeal to those with a deep interest in history as well as casual readers wishing to learn more about the woman behind the modern museums.Nicki J. Markus
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Well written biography of one of the most interesting women who navigated the French Revolution, the Napoleonic beginnings and Victorian England. A gifted artisan and an astute judge of human character, she seems to have been respected by both aristocrat and revolutionary firebrand alike. Keeping her eyes on the prize while not losing her head kept her grounded. Her only failing was in her choice of mate. I learned so much more about the times in spite of the warnings that Madame Tussaud had a selective and somewhat cloudy memory while not in full command of the facts..lol. I truly enjoyed this book.NetGalley, reviewed by Donna Pingry