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Kate Williams ☆ 4 Read & DownloadI can t emember ever approaching a historical biography knowing less about the subject In fact what I knew about Josephine could fit comfortably on the back of less about the subject In fact what I knew about Josephine could fit comfortably on the back of postcard and would include the immortal lines Not tonight Josephine This meant Josephine the new book from Kate Williams historian and award winning author of England s Mistress a biography of Emma Hamilton was a Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis revelation with every pageArriving in preevolutionary France from Martiniue the young Josephine was almost illiterate and her front teeth were black from her father s sugar cane plantation This book tells the amazing story of how she prospered to became an Empress and one of the most powerful and influential
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OFTEN HARROWING YET VERY READABLE ACCOUNTharrowing yet very Special Agent Francesca readable account the Frenchevolution and its aftermath It seems something of a miracle that Josephine survived the Triskell Tales: Twenty-Two Years of Chapbooks revolution at all to meet the anti hero of the book Napoleon Bonaparte Inevitable her story then becomes his Through painstaking study of the many preserved letters between them Kate tells a very personal and compelling story of how they fell in love and conuered Europe togetherTheir later life was marked by astounding extravagance While Napoleon s soldiers were starving on the Russian Front forced to eatats and each other apparently Josephine was being forced by Napoleon to never wear the same dress twice In one year she bought nine hundred dresses five times as many as the unfortunate ueen Marie AntoinetteI was fascinated by Josephine s home at Malmaison now a Museum where she had at one time twenty ladies in waiting and over a hundred servants Among the many surprising facts Kate uncovers is that Josephine was a talented botanist introducing many exotic species now well known for the first time to Europe She also collected Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie rare animals including an Orangutang which she dressed in clothes for the delight of her many visitorsThe picture of Josephine which emerges is of an incrediblyesourceful woman capable of whatever she set her mind to There is no uestion Napoleon would not have achieved so much without her skill at charming those he so casually upset I am also convinced that he would have Mein wildes Geheimnis 03 returned to her after his exile on ElbaAeal page turner Josephine is everything I hoped it would be and has enewed my interest in this fascinating period of history Highly ecommended PS I checked The Oxford Dictionary of uotations attributes the phrase Not tonight Josephine originates from a popular song from 1911 composed by Seymour Furth and sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray Though it was eadable I m glad I picked it up used Williams seems to be churning out popular biographies by the cartload which might explain a sort of blithe disregard for truth There were plenty of solid statistics but those can be got from any of a number of secondary sources some of which appear on the bibliography for this I d hoped to find about Josephine s emarkable ability to take Emma Hamilton s evolutionary change in women s fashion and social intercourse and make it not only elegant but the leading look for all Europe but it wasn t about thatIn the acknowledgements Williams talks about the many hours she spent eading letters and memoirs Admirable indeed but there is no hint in this work how extremely unreliable a lot of these memoirs are some of them like Madame Remusat s published eighty years after the fact by a grandson aware of his family s position Laure Junot s engaging memoir A London Home in the 1890s reads like a novel as it should much of the truth having been so highly polished it s scarcelyecognizable and even so Bourienne s not even The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands remotely objective memoir as well as some others entire conversations assiduously presented as if they hadeally happenedAlso there are many insights into Bonaparte s thinking as well as Josephine s that haven t the vestige of support The view of Talleyrand here is little short of ludicrous for instance her blithe claim that Josephine had a hold over him 132 or that Josephine in fact had any influence whatsoever with Talleyrand s actions The motivations attributed to him were so off I was sure I was eading a novel set in an alternate universeBut the descriptions of the history of Malmaison were detailed and absorbing as well as the glimpses of Paris at the end of the Terror and at the start of the Directoire demonstrating how someone like Napoleon could take control in the first place All in all a pleasant ead little new I LOVED thisThis was well esearched thorough engaging and covered many other key characters of this periodMostly what I love about this is well a sex worker becomes EmpressHoes be winningAnother fun fact it s a nunnery in which she perfected both the skills and charms with which she will use as a Courtesan fancy sex work is still sex work both before and during The Revolution Napoleon loves her deeply but also appreciates her political contacts and social skill She most definitely helped him smooth his way politically which was a vital part of him gaining popularity and stealing powerShe spent soooooooo much. Librarian note alternate cover edition erelease of 9780091936914This is the incredible ise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might In this triumphant biography Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story of sexual obsession politics and surviving as a woman in a man's worldAbandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband Josephine's future did not look promising But while. MoneyConsiderably than Marie Antoinette ironically
She perhaps had a shopping addictionShe was incredibly close to her kids which wasn tperhaps had a shopping addictionShe was incredibly close to her kids which wasn t common in that era amongst that social class where physical and emotional care was provided by staffShe was extremely eluctant to wed Napoleon and only agreed because her preferred lover wouldn t divorce his wifeNapoleon was hours late to their wedding and it wasn t at all legalnot even civillyJosephine cheats immediatelyLol I just appreciate herI don t like how she treated her daughter nor her complete disregard of chattel slaveryShe was Empress though largely powerless she also didn t careWhat a character thoughHer and Napoleon s theatrics sound award worthy lol I enjoyed learning about Josephine Napoleon as well as the history of France during that period Before うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] reading this Ieally didn t know much about Josephine at ALL
THAN THE FACT THAT WAS BORN other than the fact that she was born Martiniue not that far from where we live Our local museum claims to have her bathtub but I have my doubts as to whether that tub was eally hers Josephine was a survivor Her first marriage was simply dreadful Her marriage to Napoleon was doomed most especially when she was unable to bear his child Mind you I would think that any marriage to either of them would likely be doomed Oftentimes this book got far detailed than I would have liked I can t say that I loved it or would ecommend it I most enjoyed A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators reading the parts about her love for Chateau de Malmaison Bonaparte and Josephine by Lionel PerauxShe loved botany and collectingare animals One of my favorite descriptions Her most cherished animal was a female orangutan possessed of a Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival remarkably sweet nature The little lady strolled about the house fully dressed and when anyone approached her she pulled her coat over her legs and would assume a modest decent air to welcome the visitor She always ate at the table using a knife and fork and was particularly fond of nibbling on turnips After dinner she loved to cover her head with a napkin and then pull funny faces When she fell ill and was put to bed she lay with the cover drawn up to her chin and her arms outside it completely hidden by the sleeves of the dressing gown If anyone she knew came into theoom she greeted him with an appealing look shaking her head gently and pressing his hand affectionately It cannot be said enough strong women come in all shapes and forms Kate Williams proves this in her thorough biography of Josephine Bonaparte who is the latest in my list of subjects as I continue my journey over this two month period Married to the infamous French general and Emperor Josephine s life proved to be packed full of interesting stories offset with much angst and derision Williams brings much of this to life in this piece that touches on a number of historic events which provides a firm backdrop for the Lifting reader to better understand this life Williams keeps theeader engaged and offers enough tidbits that the narrative flows with ease until the climax of Bonaparte s life letting the story tell itself at key moments Curious Mathruhridayam readers will surely find something herein to keep them engaged if only to shake their heads at Josephine s choicesBorn Marie Jos phe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie on the island of Martiniue she found herself a member of aich and highly prosperous white Creole family The price and plentifulness of sugarcane in the egion helped elevate their wealth which was eventually dashed by numerous strong and destructive hurricanes Marie found herself growing up with all the luxuries that life could provide on this small island though the ability to forge a lasting aristocracy amongst such a small population soon left the family to look elsewhere An aunt had arranged the marriage of Marie s sister Catherine to the son of the Vicomte de Beauharnais which would take the young girl to France and place her in a position of some esteem However Catherine s death at the age of twelve left a vacancy and Marie saw her chance to leave the island and enter French aristocracy Marie sailed for France where she would meet and soon marry Alexandre As with many aristocratic unions it was good on paper but the marriage saw Marie abused and troubled The two children she bore Alexandre Eug ne and Hortense proved to be the happiest part of her union which was further troubled as the Revolution gained momentum and the de Beauharnais name became part of the old aristocracy that the people sought to abolish Williams explores how Marie was able to see the classes crumble around her while the people sought to emove the aristocratic hierarchy and bring those accountable to bear for their crimes Alexandre was taken into custody by the Committee of Public Safety during the infamous Reign of Terror Marie was subseuently jailed as well finding herself isolated from her children and left to fend for herself Alexandre s execution left Marie without a husband and forced to aise two children alone Williams assures the eader that Marie did not pine too long She was known for her omantic and sexual dallianc. 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 juniorJosephine the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon With her by his side he bec. Es with men of power having had affairs with those who found themselves on the ight side of the The House That Had Enough revolutionary forces These affairs helped portray Marie as a woman willing to do what it took toise above the fray which she did leaving her than The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field ready when she encountered the young Napol on Bonaparte six years her junior Already a man of much military prowess before meeting Josephine who changed her name to somethingegal than Marie by this time Napol on Bonaparte was said to be her one true love As Williams explores this couple their pairing seemed anything but smooth orOTHER THAN THE FACT THAT
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His Wife Repeatedly Of How He Couldwife Défendre Jacob repeatedly of how he could their union as simply as it came together a telltale sign that this was a power move than anything else Both Josephine and Napol on had countless affairs and turned to specific lovers for periods of time as if to compete with one another for the honour Additionally Josephine s two children were at an age when they could consciously judge their step father who was brutal and focussed on his territorial acuisitionsather than fostering a cohesive unit With the French Revolution complete and a power vacuum present Napol on sought to fill it and lead the country into the 19th century He took the French military to the far eaches of Europe to create an empire all his own and drummed up support to do so Josephine stayed behind and showed her support by turning to lovers one of whom almost cost Josephine her marriage Still as Napol on gained in power Joisephine basked in it and gladly became Empress of France when the chance arose Thinking back to her youth and the premonitions of a fortune teller on Martiniue Josephine prepared for the luxuries bestowed upon her This fame and elative fortune did not uell the ongoing love triangle or even trapezoid with Napol on as Williams Black Gold in North Dakota recounts the continual strain of Josephine not bearing her husband a child Napol on was determined to have an heir and sought his step daughter Hortense to agree to a union for France What muddied the waters even was Hortense s marriage to Louis Bonaparte brother to Napol on As Emperor and Empress continued to live in ever distancing spheres an heir was not forthcomingumours abounded as to the father of Hortense s son and Napol on continued to see the affections of others Finally in 1810 the Bonapartes divorced and Napol on turned to a member of the Austrian Royal Family Josephine emained an anchor for the Emperor who wrote to her and kept her safely supported with money and lodging When she entered the waning weeks of life medical doctors diagnosed it as pneumonia but others wondered if Josephine might have succumbed to the angst and pain of losing her husband forever Her death touched many and while Napol on was eventually banished from France he continued to hold her close to his heart A woman whose power came from her husband than her own doing Josephine s lasting impression might offer historians an out to promote her to a position of ongoing importanceI chose Josephine Bonaparte not only because it was a buddy ead but also because I wanted to learn a great deal about this woman whose past Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection remained a mystery Kate Williams does a wonderful job in laying the groundwork for this most interesting woman from a childhood in the far off islands and capturing a perspective during the French Revolution Williams attention to detail was great and her development of Josephine s character was superb though towards the latter half of the book things became too diluted I found the narrative straying into a history of Napol on and his conuestsather than life through the eyes of his wife While I agree that there are times that women become secondary to their husbands in history s documentation and it is for this eason that it takes a special woman to shake off said shackles and ise above it seemed as though Williams wanted to Wicked City: The Other Side regale theeader with aspects that did not directly involve Josephine Additionally even in the epilogue Williams Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! refers to the Napol on Josephineelationship as one of the great loves in history I found it to be stilted and in line with two teenagers who continually toss themselves at one another commit some Barefoot through Mauretania relationship faux pas and then dash off in the other direction until the next cycle commences It is true that Josephine s ancestry proved to beich in European leaders though her own power seemed to have been muted Williams chose well to offer up a strong narrative though I might have been wrong to call her a powerful woman in history in the sense of control and independent victory Kudos Madam Williams for an enthralling piece about a woman whose life might have been defined by her choice of spouses I learned much and am happy to come away with a deeper knowledge of the woman the era and all there is to know about the Bonaparte dynasty Likehate the eview An ever growing collection of others appears at. Ame the greatest man in Europe the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with diamonds than Marie Antoinette's But as his fame grew Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephine'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 chi.