Napoleon's Women

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324990
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,427,120
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xv
Genealogy xvi
1 The Creole 1
2 The Doomed Marriage 5
3 The Citoyeme Beauharnais 9
4 The Corsican Boy 15
5 A Prostitute and a Pest 25
6 The 'Adorable Friend' 32
7 Chez Les Permons 37
8 Parisian Salons 43
9 Adventures in Italy 46
10 The Serbelloni Palace 53
11 The Favourite Sister 58
12 Caroline 63
13 'Peace a la Bonaparte' 68
14 Life in the rue de la Victoire 73
15 'La Putana' 78
16 A Conversation with Junot 84
17 'Cleopatra' 88
18 The General's Return 94
19 The Coup 99
20 Days at Malmaison 104
21 Assassins and Victims 110
22 Mistresses at Court 117
23 The Imperial Highnesses and Madame Mere 127
24 Coronation 130
25 Adopted and Natural Sons 137
26 Life at Court 141
27 Marie Walewska 149
28 Preliminaries of Divorce 153
29 Sisters and Sisters-in-Law 163
30 Separation 171
31 Marie-Louise 177
32 Marriage and Honeymoon 185
33 The King of Rome 192
34 Disaster in Russia 199
35 Fugitives 205
36 The Austrian Equerry 210
37 The Death of Josephine 216
38 Exile on Elba 219
39 Madame Mere 223
40 Pauline Borghese 229
41 Queen Caroline 241
42 Defeat and Exile 251
43 St Helena 262
44 Longwood House 271
45 'Mach' and 'Sultana' 281
46 Sexual Adventures 288
47 Dreams and Memories 295
48 Death of the Emperor 300
49 Elisa and Caroline 304
50 Pauline and Madame Mere 310
Epilogue: The Return to Paris 321
Appendix Post Mortem 323
Fate of Characters 327
Chronology 341
Bibliography 351
Index 363
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