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Josephine: Napoleon's Incomparable Empress

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The romance between Josephine de Beauharnais and Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most dramatic in history, but the crucial role this beautiful, intelligent woman played in their partnership has never before been completely acknowledged. In this spirited biography, rich in detail and anecdote, Eleanor DeLorme brings the exotic empress to life, revealing how greatly Napoleo ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Harry N. Abrams
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I'm in the middle of reading Sandra Gulland's historical fiction trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte, so I thought I'd throw in some actual history too while reading the historical fiction.

I enjoyed this book with all it's illustrations. It's a large format book (almost like an art history book) that contained many contemporary paintings and drawings from the Napoleonic era that helped make the historical figures come to life.

I didn't realize what a crazy life that Josephine led. Born in the Car
What a marvelous book, told from the French perspective. I had read some historical fiction about Josephine, but I thought this was better. The author does a good job of describing strengths and flaws of this famous person. The inclusion of art plates for illustrating the historical events created a richer reading experience.

I learned about the book when I met the author at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Feb 05, 2012 Meltha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Often it's hard to find a decent bio of a famous woman who happened to be married to an even more famous man. While there were times when I felt the author was dwelling too much on dinner party after dinner party, I did feel I knew Josephine after this, and her charm came through on the page.
I really enjoyed this mix of artwork and history. There could have been more detail, the book seemed to rely on my having more knowledge than I do, but I could live with that for the lovely pictures.
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