Napoleon & Josephine: A love story (English Edition)

'To live through Josephine — that is the story of my life.' So wrote the young General Bonaparte a few weeks after his marriage to the seductive widow, Josephine de Beauharnais. And although Napoleon's first marriage was certainly not the whole story of his extraordinary life, it was one of the most fascinating aspects of it.Theirs was an attraction of opposites. The couple suited each other very well, with Josephine's charm and languor serving as an excellent foil for Napoleon's brusqueness and energy. Throughout his spectacular rise to power and years of triumph, Josephine proved a graceful and accomplished consort.Yet their relationship was anything but tranquil. Besotted by Josephine during the early years of their marriage, Napoleon — in the face of her indifference and infidelity — gradually became less obsessed by her, while she, in turn, became progressively more enamoured of him. As a result, their relationship developed into one of the most intriguing, tempestuous and touching in history. Napoleon, although disillusioned, never really ceased to love Josephine and it was only her inability to bear him a child, and so present his Empire with an heir, that led him to divorce her. Theo Aronson, well known for his incisive and readable royal biographies, has found the ideal subject in the story of Napoleon and Josephine. By incorporating recent findings on the couple — such as the new view of Napoleon's parents, Josephine's love letters to Hippolyte Charles, Napoleon's complex sexual orientation — and by making full use of his own talent for narrative and characterisation, the author has been able to present this famous romance in a fresh and absorbing fashion.Praise for Napoleon and Josephine: A love story:’This book is so very interesting and easy to read’ - Amazon reviewTheo Aronson is the author of over twenty works of royal historical biography, published in eleven languages. Among the widely read are Grandmama of Europe, The King in Love, Napoleon and Josephine and a biography of Princess Alice.

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Book Title: Napoleon & Josephine: A love story (English Edition)

Book Author: Theo Aronson

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