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JosephineIniue Josephine prepared for the luxuries bestowed upon her This fame and relative fortune did not uell the ongoing love triangle or even trapezoid with Napol on as Williams recounts the continual strain of Josephine not bearing her husband a child Napol on was determined to have an heir and sought his step daughter Hortense to agree to a union for France What muddied the waters even was Hortense s marriage to Louis Bonaparte brother to Napol on As Emperor and Empress continued to live Mistaken Mistress in ever distancing spheres an heir was not forthcoming rumours abounded as to the father of Hortense s son and Napol on continued to see the affections of others Finallyn 1810 the Bonapartes divorced and Napol on turned to a member of the Austrian Royal Family Josephine remained an anchor for the Emperor who wrote to her and kept her safely supported with money and lodging When she entered the waning weeks of life medical doctors diagnosed Bunny: A Novel it as pneumonia but others wonderedf Josephine might have succumbed to the angst and pain of losing her husband forever Her death touched many and while Napol on was eventually banished from France he continued to hold her close to his heart A woman whose power came from her husband than her own doing Josephine s lasting mpression might offer historians an out to promote her to a position of ongoing mportanceI chose Josephine Bonaparte not only because The Great Smog of India it was a buddy read but also because I wanted to learn a great deal about this woman whose past remained a mystery Kate Williams does a wonderful jobn laying the groundwork for this most nteresting woman from a childhood n the far off The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary islands and capturing a perspective during the French Revolution Williams attention to detail was great and her development of Josephine s character was superb though towards the latter half of the book things became too diluted I found the narrative strayingnto a history of Napol on and his conuests rather than life through the eyes of his wife While I agree that there are times that women become secondary to their husbands Tryst with Prosperity in history s documentation andt Popular Hits is for this reason thatt takes a special woman to shake off said shackles and rise above t seemed as though Williams wanted to regale the reader with aspects that did not directly nvolve Josephine Additionally even n the epilogue Williams refers to the Napol on Josephine relationship as one of the great loves n history I found The Creative Habit it to be stilted andn line with two teenagers who continually toss themselves at one another commit some relationship faux pas and then dash off The Rest of the Story in the other direction until the next cycle commences Its true that Josephine s ancestry proved to be rich n European leaders though her own power seemed to have been muted Williams chose well to offer up a strong narrative though I might have been wrong to call her a p Well documented with footnotes and a bibliography Ambition and Desire The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte still manages to be accessible and highly engaging Any biography of Josephine will necessarily nclude Napoleon and theirs s an eye popping story of poverty passion politics ego ostentation and power A naive mmigrant from the Caribbean when she landed Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand in France Josephine becamen turn a spurned wife a notorious high society vamp a hero of the French Revolution the bride of a little known Corsican military man and a shopaholic empress who nevertheless acted as a humanizing force on her ncreasingly self obsessed husband Though he came to power n the wake of the Revolution Napoleon s thirst for pomp acclaim territory and wealth drove him to out Bourbon Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette This s a fascinating nstructive history with all the natural appeal of gossip Though t was readable I m glad I picked t up used Williams seems to be churning out popular biographies by the cartload which might explain a sort of blithe disregard for truth There were plenty of solid statistics but those can be got from any of a number of secondary sources some of which appear on the bibliography for this I d hoped to find about Josephine s remarkable ability to take emma hamilton s revolutionary change to take Emma Hamilton s revolutionary change women s fashion and social Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success intercourse and maket not only elegant but the leading look for all Europe but A Life in Two Worlds it wasn t about thatIn the acknowledgements Williams talks about the many hours she spent reading letters and memoirs Admirablendeed but there The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance is no hintn this work how extremely unreliable a lot of these memoirs are some of them like Madame Remusat s published eighty years after the fact by a grandson aware of his family s position Laure Junot s engaging memoir reads like a novel as The Doré Illustrated Balzac Droll Stories it should much of the truth having been so highly polishedt s scarcely recognizable and even so Bourienne s not even remotely objective memoir as well as some others entire conversations assiduously presented as f they had really happenedAlso there are many nsights Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species into Bonaparte s thinking as well as Josephine s that haven t the vestige of support The view of Talleyrand heres little short of ludicrous for Feminisms at a Millennium instance her blithe claim that Josephine had a hold over him 132 or that Josephinen fact had any Gwydion's Dawn influence whatsoever with Talleyrand s actions The motivations attributed to him were so off I was sure I was reading novel setn an alternate universeBut the descriptions of the history Malmaison were detailed and absorbing as well as the glimpses of Paris at the end of the Terror and at the start of the Directoire demonstrating how someone like Napoleon could take control n the first place All n all a pleasant read little new HAPPY BASTILLE DAY FRENCHIES She chose the symbol of the swan graceful on the surface but scrabbling hard underwaterthis Mj 12. Die Geheime Regierung is pretty much just a straight up biography of josephine bonaparte don t read a lot of biographies but sometimes Strahlend In Purpur Und Goldd. Heilige Reich Von Konstantinopel i have to read things outside of my comfort zone and thiss what happens Sierra Wildflowers: Mt. Lassen to Kern Canyon it s not at all bad but never thought El Guero Tellez/ Tellez the Blond: Reportero de policia!/ Police Reporter! i would be reading one on josephine and the things knew about her life before Haunted Louisiana: The Most Haunted Houses in Louisiana i read this are as followsshe was frenchshe was married to napoleonthey had a tempestuous relationship with bunches of sexturns out she was actually from martiniue and was not the gorgeous and glamorous sexpot they usually depict her as beingn fact she was a little odd looking but she could eventually afford wonderful artists to depict her charitably AND SHE KNEW VERY WELL THE she knew very well the female art of sartorial camouflage buying I enjoyed learning about Josephine Napoleon as well as the history of France during that period Before reading this I really didn t know much about Josephine Her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short marginalised Corsican soldier six years her juniorJosephine the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon With her by his side he bec.

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T all other than the fact that she was born n Martiniue not that far from where we live Our local museum claims to have her bathtub but I have my doubts as to whether that tub was really hers Josephine was a survivor Her first marriage was simply dreadful Her marriage to Napoleon was doomed most especially when she was unable to bear his child Mind you I would think that any marriage to either of them would likely be doomed Oftentimes this book got far detailed than I would have liked I can t say that I loved t or would recommend A Mistaken Match it I most enjoyed reading the parts about her love for Chateau de Malmaison Bonaparte and Josephine by Lionel PerauxShe loved botany and collecting rare animals One of my favorite descriptions Her most cherished animal was a female orangutan possessed of a remarkably sweet nature The little lady strolled about the house fully dressed and when anyone approached her she pulled her coat over her legs and would assume a modest decent air to welcome the visitor She always ate at the table using a knife and fork and was particularly fond of nibbling on turnips After dinner she loved to cover her head with a napkin and then pull funny faces When she fellll and was put to bed she lay with the cover drawn up to her chin and her arms outside Lodz it completely hidden by the sleeves of the dressing gown If anyone she knew camento the room she greeted him with an appealing look shaking her head gently and pressing his hand affectionately I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads n exchange for my review I am going to be nit picky with this review I will start with the positive It was an easy read that entertained In particular I enjoyed the chapter on Malmaison which was full of vivid descriptions I have added Malmaison to my wish list of places to visit the next time I am n Paris But To be honest I expected a balanced account from a writer with a background like Kate Williams This book purported to be a bio reads like a tell all expose The author s bias The Diminished is blatantly obvious and she chooses to present the nefarious the scandalous the underbelly of Josephine s relationship with Napoleon Previous readers have commented on the well researched use of footnotes and a bibliography but I would suggest that neither of these tools ensure that the story told withins accurate or without bias I am not a Josephine expert Far from t But I have an nterest n French history and have done a bit of reading on that subject Obviously Josephine and Napoleon play an ntegral role Claimed by a Cowboy in that history Williams version of their roles and actions focuses predominantly on the negative A cursory glance through her bibliography shows a reliance on memoirs and letters with limited use of academically respected resourcesThatssue aside Williams does not tell her account Discipline in a chronological fashion whichsn t a problem Claim the Night (The Claiming in and oftself It s just that there aren t enough dates Claimed by Desire in the text to explain whats happening when She uses dated references such as two weeks later without a previous date reference so the reader doesn t know two weeks later than what She often places dates like On August 5th without giving a year which I find careless and so easy to fix Then there are times when the author refers to certain events that actually happened chronologically prior to events that are explained Say Youll Remember Me in previous pages But the absence of dated references means that most readers won t be aware of this andt may result Accidental Bodyguard in a differentnterpretation of the significance of the event Mostly I was put off by the gossipy tone and assumed motives that Williams assigns to Josephine Napoleon and others without any documentation whatsoever Williams makes Josephine look conniving and selfish and Napoleon s portrayed as boorish and easily tricked Throughout the book there are statements like Josephine was outraged Hortense was shocked Napoleon was duped Statements such as these pepper each page and are rarely backed up by any documented proof Maybe Napoleon was dupedbut I not taking Kate any documented proof Maybe was dupedbut I am not taking Kate word for t I can t remember ever approaching a historical biography knowing less about the subject In fact what I knew about Josephine could fit comfortably on the back of a postcard and would Mehr als das include themmortal lines Not tonight Josephine This meant Josephine the new book from Kate Williams historian and award winning author of England s Mistress a biography of Emma Hamilton was a revelation with every pageArriving The Accidental Cowboy (Angel Crossing, Arizona, in pre revolutionary France from Martiniue the young Josephine was almostlliterate and her front teeth were black from her father s sugar cane plantation This book tells the amazing story of how she prospered to became an Empress and one of the most powerful and Abby and the Bachelor Cop influential womenn EuropeKate Williams take us through an often harrowing yet very readable account of the French revolution and Eye to Eye its aftermath It seems something of a miracle that Josephine survived the revolution at all to meet the anti hero of the book Napoleon Bonaparte Inevitable her story then becomes his Through painstaking study of the many preserved letters between them Kate tells a very personal and compelling story of how they felln love and conuered Europe togetherTheir later life was marked by astounding extravagance While Napoleon s soldiers were starving on the Russian Front forced to eat rats and each other apparently Josephine was being forced by Napoleon to never wear the same dress twice In one year she bought nine hundred dresses five times as many as the unfortunate ueen Marie AntoinetteI was fascinated by Josephine s home at Malmaison now a Museum where she had at one time twenty ladies n waiting and over a hundred servants Among the many surprising facts Kate uncovers s that Josephine was a talented botanist ntroducing many exotic species now well known uncovers s that Josephine was a talented botanist Herzrivalen introducing many exotic species now well known the first time to Europe She also collected rare animalsncluding an Orangutang which she dressed n clothes for the delight of her many visitorsThe picture of Josephine which emerges s of an ncredibly resourceful woman capable of whatever she set her mind to There s no uestion Napoleon would not have achieved so much without her skill at charming those he so casually upset I am also convinced that he would have returned to her after his exile on ElbaA real page turner Josephine s everything I hoped t would be and has renewed my nterest n this fascinating period of history Highly recommended PS I checked The Oxford Dictionary of uotations attributes the phrase Not tonight Josephine originates from a popular song from 1911 composed by Seymour Furth and sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray. Ame the greatest man n Europe the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with diamonds than Marie Antoinette's But as his fame grew Napoleon became ncreasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and rritated with Josephine's extravagant spending The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous Until a divorcee aged forty seven she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a chi. .
I thought this book was fascinating Before reading t I knew little about Josephine Napoleon s first wife and now she seems as real as a fierce spunky auntThis book covers Josephine s childhood her first marriage to Alexandre de Beauharnais her All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night imprisonment during the French Revolution her tumultuous relationship and marriage with Napoleon her experience as Empress of France her obsession with creating a beautiful garden at Ch teau de Malmaison and her life after the Little Corporal left her Josephine lived anncredible life rising from a humble childhood Any Man Of Mine in M I LOVED thisThis was well researched thorough engaging and covered many other key characters of this periodMostly what I love about thiss well a sex worker becomes EmpressHoes be winningAnother fun fact Annalee And The Lawman it s a nunneryn which she perfected both the skills and charms with which she will use as a Courtesan fancy sex work The Apollonides Mistress Scandal is still sex work both before and during The Revolution Napoleon loves her deeply but also appreciates her political contacts and social skill She most definitely helped him smooth his way politically which was a vital part of him gaining popularity and stealing powerShe spent soooooooo much moneyConsiderably than Marie Antoinetteronically She perhaps had a shopping addictionShe was ncredibly close to her kids which wasn t as common n that era amongst that social class where physical and emotional care was provided by staffShe was extremely reluctant to wed Napoleon and only agreed because her preferred lover wouldn t divorce his wifeNapoleon was hours late to their wedding and Anything For His Son it wasn t at all legalnot even civillyJosephine cheatsmmediatelyLol I just appreciate herI don t like how she treated her daughter nor her complete disregard of chattel slaveryShe was Empress though largely powerless she also didn t careWhat a character thoughHer and Napoleon s theatrics sound award worthy lol This was the first time ever that I listened to an audiobook It came handy Anticipation in my pre Christmas cooking frenzy I like the novelty of an audiobookI can listen tot while cookin It cannot be said enough strong women come n all shapes and forms Kate Williams proves this n her thorough biography of Josephine Bonaparte who s the latest n my list of subjects as I continue my journey over this two month period Married to the nfamous French general and Emperor Josephine s life proved to be packed full of nteresting stories offset with much angst and derision Williams brings much of this to life Annie and the Outlaw in this piece that touches on a number of historic events which provides a firm backdrop for the reader to better understand this life Williams keeps the reader engaged and offers enough tidbits that the narrative flows with ease until the climax of Bonaparte s life letting the story telltself at key moments Curious readers will surely find something herein to keep them engaged ANNIE AND THE PRINCE if only to shake their heads at Josephine s choicesBorn Marie Jos phe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie on thesland of Martiniue she found herself a member of a rich and highly prosperous white Creole family The price and plentifulness of sugarcane n the region helped elevate their wealth which was eventually dashed by numerous strong and destructive hurricanes Marie found herself growing up with all the luxuries that life could provide on this small sland though the ability to forge a lasting aristocracy amongst such a small population soon left the family to look elsewhere An aunt had arranged the marriage of Marie s sister Catherine to the son of the Vicomte de Beauharnais which would take the young girl to France and place her A Christmas Affair in a position of some esteem However Catherine s death at the age of twelve left a vacancy and Marie saw her chance to leave thesland and enter French aristocracy Marie sailed for France where she would meet and soon marry Alexandre As with many aristocratic unions t was good on paper but the marriage saw Marie abused and troubled The two children she bore Alexandre Eug ne and Hortense proved to be the happiest part of her union which was further troubled as the Revolution gained momentum and the de Beauharnais name became part of the old aristocracy that the people sought to abolish Williams explores how Marie was able to see the classes crumble around her while the people sought to remove the aristocratic hierarchy and bring those accountable to bear for their crimes Alexandre was taken nto custody by the Committee of Public Safety during the The Apple Orchard infamous Reign of Terror Marie was subseuently jailed as well finding herselfsolated from her children and left to fend for herself Alexandre s execution left Marie without a husband and forced to raise two children alone Williams assures the reader that Marie did not pine too long She was known for her romantic and sexual dalliances with men of power having had affairs with those who found themselves on the right side of the revolutionary forces These affairs helped portray Marie as a woman willing to do what t took to rise above the fray which she did leaving her than ready when she encountered the it took to rise above the fray which she did leaving her than ready when she encountered the Napol on Bonaparte six years her junior Already a man of much military prowess before meeting Josephine who changed her name to something regal than Marie by this time Napol on Bonaparte was said to be her one true love As Williams explores
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couple their pairing seemed but smooth or filled with romance The narrative explores the vignette of Napol on refusing a formal and religious ceremony turning nstead to a civil union that might not even have been legal Napol on reminded his wife repeatedly of how he could dissolve their union as simply as t came together a telltale sign that this was a power move than anything else Both Josephine and Napol on had countless affairs and turned to specific lovers for periods of time as f to compete with one another for the honour Additionally Josephine s two children were at an age when they could consciously judge their step father who was brutal and focussed on his territorial acuisitions rather than fostering a cohesive unit With the French Revolution complete and a power vacuum present Napol on sought to fill t and lead the country nto the 19th century He took the French military to the far reaches of Europe to create an empire all his own and drummed up support to do so Josephine stayed behind and showed her support by turning to lovers one of whom behind and showed her support by turning to lovers one of whom cost Josephine her marriage Still as Napol on gained n power Joisephine basked n t and gladly became Empress of France when the chance arose Thinking back to her youth and the premonitions of a fortune teller on Mart. Librarian note alternate cover edition rerelease of 9780091936914This s the ncredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition s often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might In this triumphant biography Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story of sexual obsession politics and surviving as a woman n a man's worldAbandoned n Paris by her aristocratic husband Josephine's future did not look promising But while. ,