Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

Michelle Moran


The global is aware Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . yet who was once this girl who grew to become the most well-known sculptresses of all time? In those pages, her tumultuous and remarkable tale involves existence as merely Michelle Moran can inform it. The yr is 1788, and a revolution is set to begin.
 
Smart and impressive, Marie Tussaud has realized the secrets and techniques of wax sculpting via operating along her uncle of their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her well known version of the yankee ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal kinfolk at dinner, Marie’s museum presents Parisians with the very most modern information on type, gossip, or even politics. Her buyers hail from each stroll of existence, but her maximum dream is to draw the eye of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her paintings might catapult her and her museum to the celebrity and riches she wishes. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal kin is prepared to return and spot their likenesses. once they eventually arrive, the king’s sister is so inspired that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal coach in wax sculpting. it's a request Marie is aware she can't refuse—even if it capability time away
from her liked Salon and her more and more pricey buddy, Henri Charles.
 
As Marie will get to understand her scholar, Princesse Élisabeth, she additionally turns into conversant in the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous existence at courtroom. From lavish events with extra cuisine than she’s ever visible to rooms jam-packed with candles lit just once prior to being discarded, Marie steps right into a international fullyyt diverse from her domestic at the side road du Temple, the place individuals are promoting their tooth with a purpose to placed meals at the table.
 
Meanwhile, many resent the sizeable separation among wealthy and terrible. In salons and cafés throughout Paris, humans like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out opposed to the monarchy. quickly, there’s whispered speak of revolution. . . . Will Marie have the capacity to carry directly to either the affection of her lifestyles and her friendship with the royal relatives as France ways civil conflict? And extra very important, will she be capable to satisfy the calls for of strong revolutionaries who ask that she make the dying mask of beheaded aristocrats, a few of whom she knows?
 
Spanning 5 years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the realm of an important heroine whose expertise for wax modeling stored her lifestyles and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

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