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Napoleon and Josephine

Napoleon and Josephine

by Evangeline Bruce
     
 
He was the Corsican army officer who would become France's most celebrated military hero. She was a sensual Creole beauty who survived Robespierre's Reign of Terror and the execution of her husband. Drawn directly from the lovers' previously censored correspondence, private letters, and intimate journals, this flawlessly researched biography brings to life a

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He was the Corsican army officer who would become France's most celebrated military hero. She was a sensual Creole beauty who survived Robespierre's Reign of Terror and the execution of her husband. Drawn directly from the lovers' previously censored correspondence, private letters, and intimate journals, this flawlessly researched biography brings to life a tumultuous era and two of history's most fascinating people. 555 pp.

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Gilbert Taylor
The saga of the self-crowned emperor and empress of the French Empire exerts a certain timeless fascination. Married two years after both had been imprisoned in the upheaval of 1794 (she as an aristocrat, he as a Robespierreite), they rose to the well-known dizzying heights. Carried on frequently by letter, hubby being away on business trips, their marriage was accentuated by volatile swings of endearment and reproachfulness. Bruce, widow of a noted American diplomat, David Bruce, delves into Josephine and Napoleon's lesser-known private relations. Neither was faithful, and Bonaparte finally annulled the bond in 1809 on the pretext that Josephine was barren. Bruce's narrative competently relates the tempestuous course of the marriage and its occasional influence on political events. Bruce's colorful approach to the period and to her two innately flamboyant subjects will appeal to readers inclined to what some may label "romantic" history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575660561
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.55(d)

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