Lise's Reviews > The Josephine Bonaparte Collection: The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, and the Last Great Dance on Earth

The Josephine Bonaparte Collection by Sandra Gulland
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Feb 11, 2009

Read in January, 2009

A fascinating read, although not completely historically accurate. As a teen in Matrinique, Josephine was told by an obeah woman that she would be a queen. She moves to Paris to marry a cousin. The marriage is unhappy, but the couple is swept up in the barbarism of the French Revolution. It was a terrifying time to be an aristocrat in Paris; both Josephine and her husband were imprisoned. Widowed and impoverished, Josephine uses her important political connections to survive. This is how she met an unpolished, ambitious soldier named Napolean Bonaparte. This marriage is rocky as well, despite the legendary romance, and it ends when Napolean sets the infertile Josephine aside to produce an heir.

The books are in a diary format, which is more sympathetic to Josephine than many biographers.

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