By Christine Trent
As heiress to the recognized Laurent type Dolls enterprise, Marguerite Ashby's destiny turns out safe. yet France nonetheless seethes with violence within the wake of the Revolution. And whilst Marguerite's husband Nicholas is killed in the course of a revolt at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come. in its place, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her outdated good friend, Marie Tussaud, who has validated a traveling wax exhibition.
Under the nice Tussaud's sufferer guide, Marguerite learns to mould wax into stunningly practical creations. while leading Minister William Pitt commissions a wax determine of army hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite turns into immersed in a deadly adventure—and earns the admiration of 2 very various males. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon and flush out spies opposed to the Crown, Marguerite will locate her personal loyalties, and her center, lower than hearth from all sides.
With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling info, Christine Trent brings one in all history's so much attention-grabbing eras to vivid existence in an unforgettable tale of wish, ambition, treachery, and courage.
Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker
"Exuberant, gleaming, beguiling. . .brims with Dickensian gusto!" —Barbara Kyle, writer of The Queen's Lady
"Winningly unique. . .glittering with atmospheric detail!" —Leslie Carroll, writer of Royal Affairs
"Unique, imaginitive. . .replete with pleasant info and extraordinary characters, either genuine and imagined." —Donna Russo Morin, writer of The Courtier's Secret
Christine Trent writes historic fiction from her two-story domestic library. She lives along with her significant bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 absolutely cataloged books. She and her husband are lively tourists and trip on a regular basis to England to behavior booklet learn at historical websites. It used to be Christine's curiosity in dolls and heritage that resulted in the assumption for The Queen's Dollmaker.
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The appearance of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859 was accompanied by overwhelming evidence of human antiquity. Taken together these two developments had a profound effect, not only on ideologies of race and empire management, but also on the writing of history. 21 These individuals, however, were never very inﬂuential, and much more attention needs to be given to the large body of less dogmatic ethnologists, pre-historians, and classiﬁers of racial difference, many of whom were imperial ofﬁcials and most of whom saw race as a graded hierarchy of superiority and descent.
Imagining Great Britain 19 divisions and hatreds, which left moderate propertied men like Edgeworth very thin on the ground. For two and a half centuries, a series of interlocking dysfunctions – military conquest, political despotism, mass poverty, religious conﬂict, and ethnic strife – had left an atmosphere of chronic cynicism and disorder. 5 To be sure, in the context of the old imperial order, the internal divisions precipitated by these dysfunctional cycles possessed a certain mercantilist functionality.
31 Here indeed were romances of union, in which the history of division and conﬂict could be happily included, since their effect was merely to dramatize the transcendent unity with which they closed. For his part, when Scott later reﬂected on his career as a novelist, he gave credit to the inspiration of Maria Edgeworth’s work. “I felt that something might be done for my own country, along the lines that she had undertaken with her Irish novels,” he recalled. ”32 Like so many of Scott’s commentaries on his own literary opus, these somewhat coy remarks were penned in the knowledge that all his readers, of every nationality, would agree in viewing the Anglo-Scottish Union as a success.
A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent