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This is a fascinating true story of love, friendship, loyalty, forbearance, and eventual triumph of intellectuality and reason over tyranny and hatred. History is familiar with Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s longtime harassment of Madame de Staël, novelist, philosopher, essayist, feminist, intellectual, and champion of enthusiasm, passion, and liberty. Slightly lesser known is the Emperor’s resentment of Madame de Staël’s longtime friend, Juliette de Recamier, a beautiful salonnière and one of Par ...more