Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud : Her Life and Legacy

3.09 (23 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-11 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


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.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Pen & Sword History
  • Barnsley, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 black and white illustrations
  • 1526734087
  • 9781526734082
  • 3,477,168

Review quote

A meticulously researched and deftly written biography of a remarkable woman and the times she lived in, "Madame Tussaud: Her Life and Legacy" is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library biography collections.-- "Midwest Book Review"
show more

About Geri Walton

Geri Walton has long been fascinated by people from history and curious about what they did and why. This interest encouraged her to receive a BA in history from San Jose State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is particularly interested in European history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which has resulted in her website and blog at You can find her on Instagram or Twitter at @18thCand19thC. Geri is also author of _Marie Antoinette's Confidante: The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe. _
show more

Rating details

23 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 17% (4)
4 22% (5)
3 30% (7)
2 13% (3)
1 17% (4)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X