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Betsy Bonaparte

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Over the past 130 years, Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson Bonaparte has inspired countless books, movies, articles, and fictionalized accounts, yet none captures the full measure of her fascinating life. The product of thirty years of study, Helen Jean Burn's life of Betsy Bonaparte surpasses its predecessors in scope, depth, and soul.

Born in Baltimore to a wealthy family in 1785, Elizabeth Patterson shook local and Parisian society when she wed Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Emperor ...

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Overview

Over the past 130 years, Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson Bonaparte has inspired countless books, movies, articles, and fictionalized accounts, yet none captures the full measure of her fascinating life. The product of thirty years of study, Helen Jean Burn's life of Betsy Bonaparte surpasses its predecessors in scope, depth, and soul.

Born in Baltimore to a wealthy family in 1785, Elizabeth Patterson shook local and Parisian society when she wed Jerome Bonaparte, brother of Emperor Napoleon. Insisting on a better future for his brother, the emperor annulled the marriage, but not before it produced a son, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte. Betsy's quest to win royal status for her son and grandsons consumed the remainder of her ninety-four years, decades that transformed her from the glamorous "belle of Baltimore" to a shrewd and successful businesswoman determined to protect her family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984213504
  • Publisher: The Maryland Historical Society
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,002,503
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Jean Burn spent most of her working life in television, and as head writer for Maryland Public Television, she specialized in historical documentaries. She is the author of two books: Savannah, a historical novel, and Better than the Birds, Smarter than the Bees: No Nonsense Answers to Honest Questions about Sex and Growing Up. She has also published work in such magazines as Redbook, McCall's, and Good Housekeeping.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Let No Man Tear Asunder 3

Chapter 2 The Patriarch 6

Chapter 3 Dorcas Spear Patterson 14

Chapter 4 The Belle of Baltimore 24

Chapter 5 "I Just Love Beautiful Things" 32

Chapter 6 "Trust Not His Honor!" 44

Chapter 7 A Capital Scandal 54

Chapter 8 An American in Paris 65

Chapter 9 Running the Blockade 71

Chapter 10 The Emperor's Fury 81

Chapter 11 The Question of an Heir 90

Chapter 12 A New Bonaparte 101

Chapter 13 The King of Westphalia 113

Chapter 14 An Unmarried Woman 129

Chapter 15 The Hopeful Suitors 141

Chapter 16 The Winds of War 155

Chapter 17 The Grand Tour 167

Chapter 18 The Betrothal 186

Chapter 19 Farewell to the Patriarch 200

Chapter 20 A Father's Will 212

Chapter 21 Life's Fitful Fever 234

Afterword 249

Acknowledgments 254

A Note on Sources 256

References 259

Selected Bibliography 285

Index 291

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