Empress Josephine, first wife of Napoleon I, had a spectacular career in an era of intensely dramatic change. She first appears in this book as the daughter of the planter aristocracy of the West Indies. Leaving Martinique, she was through her marriage to Alexander de Beauharnais brought into the fashionable society of Paris on the eve of the French revolution. Landing in prison and barely escaping the guillotine (her husband was not so lucky), she met up with a young Corsican: Napoleon Bonaparte. His career ultimately brought her to the pinnacle of imperial splendor. Divorce in 1810 and death 4 years later end her story.
The author, Mr. Knapton, presents the social climates of the various worlds, as well as the life and life style of the time. He has an engaging style and manages to give the reader a deep insight into the life and interests of this intensely human woman. The book is richly illustrated with reproductions of artworks in various museums.
The book is in good condition, dust jacket only fair, with small tears and slight soiling on the back. Book is tight and clean and without odor.
Item ID: RLBU1634
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