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Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St.
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Switch to the audiobook. Their love was legendary, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France.
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Now, in this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams draws back the curtain on the woman who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing. She endured a loveless marriage to a French aristocrat—executed during the Reign of Terror—then barely escaped the guillotine blade herself. Though no classic beauty, she quickly developed a reputation as one of the most desirable women on the continent.
In , she met Napoleon.
The attraction was mutual, immediate, and intense. Theirs was an often-tumultuous union, roiled by their pursuit of other lovers but intensely focused on power and success. Together they conquered Europe. Their extravagance was unprecedented, even by the standards of Versailles. But she could not produce an heir.
Sexual obsession brought them together, but cold biological truth tore them apart. Williams is no stranger to creating works on strong and influential women, and, as in those works, here she does an admirable job of demystifying Josephine. This engrossing and accessible account is for all readers who enjoy historical biography. Williams perfectly illustrates all that was bizarre and maddening about French life during the reign of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. The book flows and jumps, taking the reader by the hand through tormented times in French history without ever letting you go or losing itself in the intricacies of French politics.
Kate Williams fell in love with the eighteenth century while studying for her B. Subjects Empresses -- France -- Biography. Enter your library card number to reset your PIN. Enter your library card number.
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