3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
should be a core text for Modern European History courses,
This review is from: Madame Tussaud (Paperback)
I studied the French Revolution at university as it is perhaps one of the most pivotal times in modern European history. Personally, I found it a very complicated time to study and found it difficult to get my head round all the counter=revolutions and politics of the day. I so wish I had read this book then because it explains it all very clearly and in a very enjoyable and accessible way. I know students would hugely benefit from reading this book.
As a novel, it is maybe slightly weaker as the story of Madame Tussaud, although interesting, is secondary to the rich historical details portraying the FR. If you want mere entertainment from a novel this would not be for you as it is a rich and learning experience; I learned far more about this period than I did from slogging through all the academic text books I was forced to read. It does also work well as a story too; Moran brings this period so vividly to life and her use of the character of Madame Tussaud and her relationships with the key figures made it all seem very credible and realistic.
I loved this book and thoroughly recommend this to anyone but particularly to students of history.