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Till then, a thousand kisses, mio dolce amore: When Napoleon left to assume command of the Italian campaign, Josephine didn't wait long to have an affair with Hippolyte Charles, a strikingly handsome and debonair officer almost 10 years her junior. Meanwhile, Napoleon' s reputation kept rising after a string of military successes in Italy, despite the near-disastrous campaign in Egypt.
He and his family turned against Josephine when they got wind of her affair, but after many tearful encounters, the couple reconciled. In August , Napoleon was appointed Consul for Life, and two years later he became emperor. By then Josephine was able to insist on a religious ceremony, and on the eve of Napoleon's coronation on Dec. The Rose of Martinique is a comprehensive and truly empathetic biography.
Andrea Stuart, who was raised in the Caribbean, combines scholarly distance with a genuine attempt to understand her heroine. For example, when she writes about the circumstances surrounding Napoleon's edict to reestablish slavery in Martinique and elsewhere, she explores the question of why Josephine did not intervene. One interesting theory is that she and Napoleon shared a complex about being born outside of mainland France and feared being suspected of having mixed blood. As Stuart documents, it was hardly a misfortune for Josephine that Napoleon decided to divorce her and marry the archduchess of Austria, Marie-Louise d'Habsbourg.
By then, Napoleon was showing his megalomania not just in matters of state but with his many mistresses and others over whom he held power. The formal divorce ceremony was a tearful one for both parties, during which Josephine declared: Josephine was allowed to keep her beloved Malmaison, the vast estate where she cultivated more than varieties of roses and a renowned collection of horticultural specimens from around the world. Her aura of majesty stayed with her, even after she lost her grandiose title.
Upon hearing of her death in , Napoleon was devastated. Helena, "the last word to leave his lips was the name he had given her: She was immortalized in so many ways, but perhaps the most fitting tribute was the naming of two roses in her honor: The plot thickens with such delightful roses. Kunio Francis Tanabe is art director and a senior editor of Book World. His e-mail address is tanabef washpost. Napoleon at Home — Vol. The Many Loves of Napoleon Bonaparte. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long.
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Whether they sought him out for social advantage or out of admiration, Napoleon never suffered for the lack of beautiful feminine companionship, except by his own choice. One of the most striking narratives is Napoleon's violent courting of Marie Walewska, who becomes his Polish wife and bears him a son out of wedlock. The turning point in his fortunes hangs upon his desperation to have legitimate sons.
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But that marriage was over when she was twenty years of age. In one instance in , she was arrested with Alexandre for treason and imprisoned in a prison in Paris. Alexandere was tried and executed but because of some luck Josephine escaped unharmed and became the mistress of Paul Barras. At the time of the first meeting of Josephine with Napoleon in , Paul Barras was in search to find a way to avoid Josephine because he wanted to accommodate a new mistress in her place. So for Josephine, this meeting with the young hero Napoleon was an opportunity to find a means to survive in the French society.
Napoleon also was in search of wife and he was not concerned about the age of Josephine because he believed that he will get more acceptances in the society, if he marries an elder woman. Josephine was a good actress and had all the virtues of a fallen woman. She tried very hard to seduce Napoleon in the first meeting itself. She found success in her effort and they have married in March A few days after marriage, Napoleon left his newly wed wife in Paris and went to lead a battle against Italians and Austrians.
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Napoleon was truly in love with his wife and showed his sincere feelings towards Josephine in many love letters he sent to her. But, Josephine had taken this marriage as the convenience to get good living circumstances for herself and for her children. She continued to flirt with others in the society, as before, while Napoleon was away from Paris. But while sending replies to the love letters of Napoleon, she showed a lot of intimacy and shared her grief with her husband for being living alone even after marriage.
He returned to Paris after winning the battle and in and the he lead an army of thirty five thousand men to conquer Egypt.
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In October , Napoleon was chosen to head the government with unlimited powers. He regained the French control of Italy after defeating Austrians. During his rule, he established the Bank of France, reformed the legal system of the country by setting up some new laws known as the Code of Napoleon and reorganized the education system also. Napoleon sincerely wanted an heir to name as his successor, but Josephine was not able to bear a child for him. At last he has lost interest in Josephine and he ceased to love her anymore.
This time, miraculously, Josephine begun to love her husband sincerely because of some unknown reason. But Napoleon showed no further interest in her but he allowed her to retain the title of Empress and provided for her and for her children. Josephine continued to love Napoleon till her death in Napoleon, after losing his love for Josephine, had mistress after mistress.
She was very beautiful and very young. At that time Maria was at the age of twenty, but already married to a 71 year old Count Anastase Walewski. She lived with Napoleon for many weeks in Paris and in Vienna. Napoleon divorced Josephine in March A son was born out of wedlock, by Maria Walewska to Napoleon in May The name given to the newborn baby was Alexandre Florian Joseph Walewski, because Maria was legally married to the Count at the time of giving birth to her son.
But the Count legally recognized Alexandre as his heir and later that child became Count Walewski. Maria truly loved Napoleon and her devotion and love was perfectly sincere. She even visited Napoleon when he was in exile in Elba. But this marriage did not last long because she died in , after giving birth to a son. But her love for Napoleon was very truthful, though there was no legal binding for her affair with Napoleon.
Napoleon was very adamant to have a rightful successor of his own blood. His earlier wife Josephine failed to give him an offspring and the son born to him by Maria Waleska was out of wedlock. So he tried very hard to find a new legitimate alliance to get a lawful heir.
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