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Josephine: a life of the empress

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Popular biographer Carolly Erickson creates intimate and richly detailed portraits of her historical subjects. In this book she offers a provocative new perspective on Josephine and her fabled marriage to Napoleon. Josephine's story is as turbulent as the revolutionary era in which she lived-and even more tantalizing than her reputation. Brought up on the lush island of Martinique, Josephine arrived in Paris with a charming Creole lilt, an earthy West Indian manner, and a sweet, unaffected nature. A disastrous first marriage, financial hardship, and the violent realities of the French Revolution-including a stay in the harshest prison in Paris-forged her into a survivor. But would she survive her marriage to the insecure military leader from Corsica who would become Emperor of France? Carolly Erickson skillfully draws on historical evidence to reconstruct the rags to riches story of an extraordinary historical figure.
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When, in 1804, Josephine Bonaparte knelt before her husband Napoleon to receive the imperial diadem, few in the vast crowd of onlookers were aware of the dark secrets hidden behind the imperial façade. To her subjects, she appeared to be the most favored woman in France: alluring, wealthy, and with the devoted love of a remarkable husband who was the conqueror of Europe. In actuality, Josephine's life was far darker: her celebrated allure was fading, her wealth was compromised by massive debt, and her marriage was corroded by infidelity and abuse.

Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age—an era of revolution and social upheaval, frenzied hedonism and the guillotine. With telling psychological depth, Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever-resilient Josephine to life, carrying us from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.

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subject_facet Audiobooks, Empresses -- France -- Biography, Empresses -- France -- Biography -- Sound recordings, France -- Moral conditions -- History -- 18th century, France -- Moral conditions -- History -- 18th century -- Sound recordings, Josephine, -- Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, -- 1763-1814, Josephine, -- Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, -- 1763-1814 -- Sound recordings, Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Relations with women, Napoleon -- I, -- Emperor of the French, -- 1769-1821 -- Relations with women -- Sound recordings
title_display Josephine : a life of the empress
title_full Josephine : [a life of the empress] [electronic resource] / Carolly Erickson, Josephine : a life of the empress / Carolly Erickson, Josephine A Life of the Empress, Josephine [sound recording] : a life of the empress / by Carolly Erickson
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