Napoleon's Women

Napoleon's Women

by Christopher Hibbert
     
 

As a soldier and an emperor, Napoleon was ruthless and determined; as a lover, he showed the same single-minded ferocity.
Hailed by Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, as "one of England's greatest living historical writers," Christopher Hibbert introduces us to the many intriguing women behind the legendary soldier—from his strong-willed mother and three

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As a soldier and an emperor, Napoleon was ruthless and determined; as a lover, he showed the same single-minded ferocity.
Hailed by Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, as "one of England's greatest living historical writers," Christopher Hibbert introduces us to the many intriguing women behind the legendary soldier—from his strong-willed mother and three sisters to his varied wives and mistresses. This lively historical account reveals Napoleon's often neglected private life and passionate relationships, in which he wildly worshiped certain women as often as he disdained others.
Vividly evoking the political and social upheavals of post-Revolutionary France, Hibbert captures the vibrant characters who made history, not only on the battlefield but also in the bedroom, including Josephine, the charming Creole from Martinique; the plain and pliant Marie-Louise of Austria; and Marie Walewska, the sumptuous young Polish countess who, despite initial reluctance, was persuaded by her elderly husband to fall in love with Napoleon. Praised by A. N. Wilson as an "outstanding popular historian," Hibbert dramatically brings to life the most intimate influences on Napoleon's turbulent career and character. Originally published in cloth under the title Napoleon: His Wives and Women.

Editorial Reviews

Mary S. Lovell
“Very enjoyable, and a cracking good read. Hibbert brings to vivid life one of the most enigmatic characters in history.”
Amanda Foreman
“Scholarly, moving, even funny....pulls back the curtain to reveal the hidden side of France's greatest leader.”
Booklist
“Napoleon's state of affairs provides good, clean fun.”
Gateway Heritage
“Entertaining...Hibbert teaches a lesson often ignored in history books: that all humankind is vulnerable in intimate relationships.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324990
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,097,030
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hibbert has written many acclaimed historical narratives and biographies, including, most recently, Queen Victoria and The Days of the French Revolution.

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