Four walks through Paris trace Napoleon and Josephine's courtship, Napoleon's student days at the École Militaire, the coronation and reign, and, finally, the path that Napoleon's funeral cortège took nearly twenty years after his death. Readers visit the prison where Josephine was held during the Terror, the site of the house where Napoleon plotted the coup d'état, restaurants where the couple dined, and the jewelers Napoleon commissioned to make the dazzling royal crowns, timepieces, and swords; itineraries for Malmaison and Fontainebleau are also included. This pocketable guide evokes a panoramic sweep of French history and describes the public grandeur as well as the daily intimacy of Napoleon and Josephine's lives.
|Publisher:||New York Review Books|
|Edition description:||With Maps|
|Product dimensions:||5.27(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
Diana Reid Haig is an award-winning songwriter, annotator, and audio producer. She has produced, annotated, or engineered almost 100 compilations, DVD-As, or SACDs for Motown, NBC, Universal, SONY, Warner Bros., and others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With Diana Reid Haig by your side, you can literally walk in the footsteps of Josephine and Napoleon, shopping and dining in Empire style. A history lesson and a travelogue, this beautifully illustrated little book reveals little known details about the famous couple, glimpses of the real people behind the myths. It's a wonderful gift for the Francophile on your list.
Diana Reid Haig¿s beautiful, well researched book is invaluable on two levels; as a work of art and as a practical walking guide. Walks Through Napoleon and Josephine's Paris will interest Francophiles as well as those who love history and art. This extremely readable history of Napoleon and Josephine chronicles the rise and fall of the doomed couple--a history which is also inexorably linked with the history of France and the French Revolution. A blend of words and art, Haig¿s book is wonderful to page through, but is also a great read. I recommend this book to both armchair travelers and frequent visitors to Paris. This book is a brilliant new way to see and enjoy Paris.
To my fellow Francophiles, I say this is a must read. To my fellow Napoleon/Josephine buffs, you must get this book! Within this small book are multiple tours that would make a trip to Paris to explore what in my mind's eye, at least, I've tried to envision so many times, so much easier: What was Paris like when Napoleon and Josephine were alive? If, and I hope soon, I travel to Paris, how would I find all the places the Emperor and Empress frequented? You'll find maps, including places important in the lives of Napoleon and Josephine. There's more - you'll also be led to restaurants and shops they visited, too. The pictures are beautiful, and the text is a wonderful review for those who gobble up texts about the private lives of Napoleon and Josephine, yet simple enough to give beginners just a taste. Merci, Madame Haig!