• Josephine

    Desire, Ambition, Napoleon

    Kate Williams Vintage SQU 9999902602850 Article 0,00 €
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    This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleonâe(tm)s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephineâe(tm)s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a manâe(tm)s wor...
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    • Book binding : Hardback
    • Preservation state : 3. Good
    • Publication Date : 26/06/2020
    • Year of edition : 0
    • Authors : Kate Williams
    • Number of pages : 357
    This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleonâe(tm)s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephineâe(tm)s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a manâe(tm)s world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene, surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short, marginalised Corsican soldier, six years her junior. Josephine, the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat, was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon. With her by his side, he became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with more diamonds than Marie Antoinetteâe(tm)s. But as his fame grew, Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephineâe(tm)s extravagant spending. The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous. Until, a divorcee aged forty-seven, she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a child.

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