Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
This is one of those unique side stories that make history so interesting. The teenage Betsy Patterson and the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte fell in love in her native Baltimore where he was, by chance, avoiding his military responsibilities.
Everything about their marriage was a problem (international politics, their ages, finances, religion, and Betsy’s overbearing father’s plans for her) but all problems were overcome. When Jerome Bonaparte sailed away to France at his brother’s comm ...more
Because I am familiar with Baltimore, I wish the author had included the locations of places where the Patterson family lived and where various activities took place. It also would have been helpful ...more
It sounds a bit fairytale-like or just plan hard to believe, but in the early 1800s, Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest brother, Jerome, who was uneducated, liked his women, and a sprendthrift, came to America in order to avoid doing hard wo ...more
In some ways, she was. After her disastrous marriage to Jerome Bonaparte, she never did remarry and did buck convention. But I’d stop short of calling her independent or ahead of her time: yes, she had money (inherited) that she did invest, but she mos ...more
If there had been an Internet in 1812 then Betsie Bonaparte would have broken it. Beautiful, intelligent, self-possessed and more than a little obsessed with celebrity or, as she saw it, her rights as a Bonaparte, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte pushed the limits of social convention. In the process she created a life for herself that was ultimately both satisfying and dissatisfying in that she never achieved the renown she sought. In Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterso...more
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