Janis Gage Absolutely ... she left her rather unusually large warm and loving family to marry a rather difficult man without the promised dowry. She was left to her devices many times in diplomatic outposts in remote corners of Europe. She traveled from Russia to France with just her young child, a servant and some post riders to join her husband in France. She traveled through war ravaged Europe after Napoleon’s second attempt to conquer all of Europe. She persevered despite many miscarriages and difficult pregnancies.