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Madame Marzella

This is the true story of a little girl who charmed animals and birds on her forest walks in Germany then grew up to be a rich and famous star.
Madame Marzella once thrilled and delighted Victorian audiences with her spectacular bird shows. 
Then at the peak of her career her brother-in-law took the act to court for unpaid debts.

  • Did family rifts mend?

  • Where did the money go?

  • How did she get birds to obey her every command?

Using primary sources and original research Heather Tweed coaxes overlooked and hidden Victorians back into the limelight.

First in a series of booklets.


Sawdust & Spangles

Three thrilling true life tales of once famous circus and music hall stars.

Who was Zazel, The Human Cannonball? 
Why was Trick Cyclist Professor Letine brutally murdered at the stage door? 
What secret did Lulu-The Eighth Wonder Of The World hide?
Each story is meticulously researched using contemporary newspaper reports, books, and archived materials. Often overlooked or previously unknown factual threads are pulled together presenting a fresh picture.
These articles were first published in Ripperologist Magazine in 2017-2018.


Next In A Series of 19th Century True Stories

Great news! We are excited to announce that there are 7 primary research booklets in the pipeline. Stay tuned for the next in the series. Thank you for your interest!


Coming Soon! Another overlooked Circus Star

Introducing the latest addition to the series of booklets that uncover the lives of forgotten 19th Century individuals through primary sources and meticulous research. Join me on a journey through history as I shed light on the untold of those who have been overlooked.

Stay tuned!

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Madame Marzella Part II

Madame Marzella was not the only Music Hall Act that was overlooked. Another act that deserves long overdue recognition was once linked with Marzella. Despite their talent and unique performances, they were often overshadowed by more popular acts. Let's take a moment to appreciate their contribution to the Music Hall scene. Please check back for updates to publication date.

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