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No rags to riches story can compare with that of Napoleon and Josephine,two outsiders who rose to become Emperor and Empress of the French Republic. Evangeline Bruce's joint biography embraces the lives not only of her two central figures,but of all the vital personalities of the Revolutionary era.

Evangeline Bruce brought out some interesting tidbits on Napoleon and Josephine. One example: the young and slender General Bonaparte, a newlywed, boldly kisses and fondles his wife while in the presence of his generals. On one such occasion during a meeting, Napoleon's open affections with Josephine forced one of his generals to move over to the window to give the couple some time alone. The "Epilogue" at the end of the book gives detailed information on what later became of indivduals such as Theresia Tallien, Barras, Napoleon's first love Desiree, and others

Napoleon and Josephine. By (author) Evangeline Bruce. Imprint Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ). Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom.

Napoleon and Josephine. An Improbable Marriage. In her first book, historian Bruce reconstructs the lives, courtship and marriage of Napoleon and Josephine with a wealth of details. In 1796, the luxury-loving Josephine, born to an aristocratic family and widowed as a result of the French Revolution, accepted the awkward, newly renowned Napoleon with reluctance. Initially "an improbable marriage,'' it evolved into a reflection of French society under the Empire, characterized by unbridled ambition, reckless politics, hypocrisy, and sycophancy.

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No rags to riches story can compare with that of Napoleon and Josephine,two outsiders who rose to become Emperor and Empress of the French Republic.Evangeline Bruce's joint biography embraces the lives not only of her two central figures,but of all the vital personalities of the Revolutionary era. To read NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE is to read a political thriller,a romance of passion and dangerous liasons,a military epic and a journal of society and fashion.
Vaua
It can be hard to read about a flibbertygibbet like Josephine when written about by anybody but Evangeline Bruce. An excellent story teller, a careful scholar and a compassionate judge, Bruce is the one-stop shopping for Napoleon and his faithless lover. The copy arrived on time and in great shape for a great price.
I love Mercedes
Historians will find a lot of interesting and valuable information about this improbable marriage. Napoleon at his early rise to power and Josephine - middle age for the time - still lovely and above all her remarkable personality. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and have always admired the author for her impeccable taste.
Mayno
Once you start reading it you can't put it down.
Lahorns Gods
Ms. Bruce does an excellent job of portraying both Napoleon and Josephine with all of their human foibles and thus allows us to see them as people rather than just historical figures. The bibliography is a great reference tool and cites sources from both sides of the debate on 'Napoleon the monster/Napoleon the saint'. All in all an even handed account of one of the most noted marriages of the modern era.
Burgas
The book was in excellent condition and it was a very good book. A lot of history to be learned.
Vathennece
Readable book, a page turner. Very entertaining and informative, sonething hard to do with a million books already written on topic.
Ishnsius
Mention the word 'Napoleon,' and what may come to mind is a short fellow with his hand stuck in his vest, a breed of cat that has abnormally short legs, or a rich pastry with thin layers and lots of sweet cream in a high stack. The origin of this term actually comes from a historical figure, who was the subject of fear, loathing and satire, who managed to conquer most of Europe in the early nineteenth century, and who fell in love with a woman.

Author Evangline Bruce -- this was the only work that she published -- takes a long look at the self-proclaimed Emperor of the French, Napoleon, and his wife, the American born Josephine. Both of them came from unlikely backgrounds, both survived the Terror that came after the Revolution, and both were to play vital roles in history.

It's an amazing look at one of history's more famous 'power couples.' The courtship of the pair was intense, with Napoleon firing off passionate letters, and Josephine maintaining a cool, rather remote presence. The more she refused to give in, the more he pressed her to accept his offer of marriage. His family were all firmly against his choice of a wife, and would gleefully repeat damaging gossip and would openly refer to her as la putana or that woman. Finally, he wore Josephine down -- or was it the fact that he was on the fast track to fame, and especially fortune? -- and she wed him in a quick, civil ceremony. Many of the witnesses noted that she looked rather unhappy and fatigued, and after a honeymoon of only two days, Napoleon was marching with his armies to Italy. By 1804, he had conquered Italy, conducted his Egyptian campaign, and had consolidated enough power to crown himself Emperor of the French, and Josephine was his Empress.

But the relationship would flounder within six years, with a separation that was painful to them both. Napoleon was a jealous man, and tended to use and discard women as he pleased -- the author continually refers to him as a misogynist -- and when a woman ceased to be useful to him, he merely kicked her to the curb and moved on. Unable to give him the male child that he craved, Josephine agreed to a divorce, and retired from Paris to her beloved estate of Malmaison. Napoleon immediately took a young, blonde Austrian Archduchess as his second wife and was rewarded almost immediately with a son. But Europe was rebelling against his rule, and the final years of his reign as Emperor were plagued with a disasterous war in Spain, a France that was bled of men and money, and a retreat from Russia in the dead of winter that was the final blow. When the triumphant armies of the English, Prussians and Russians marched into Paris, Napoleon was well on the way to Elba, Waterloo and a final exile to a desolate island in the south Atlantic, St. Helena.

As for Josephine, a day after meeting the charismatic Tsar of Russia, she caught a fever and died soon after. Her popularity with the people that she met never wavered, and she was genuinely mourned. It is a curious twist that she would become the ancestress of most of today's European royalty through her son, Eugene de Beauharnais.

Another touch that Bruce added that made the story interesting is that of the Clarys, a family of wealthy merchants from Marseilles that had one daughter, Julie, become Napoleon's sister in law, and another that was his fiancee for a time, before he jilted her to marry Josephine. Desiree, as she was known, would go on to marry one of Napoleon's generals, and became in time, Queen of Sweden. Other mistresses of Napoleon get equal time, including the Polish born Maria Walenska.

The narrative tends to stall a bit when it isn't being focused on Napoleon or Josephine's letters and private lives. The descriptions of wars and battles are mercifully short and sadly, rather tedious. Instead, Bruce keeps her focus on the psychological relationship, and shows both the good and the bad that was between this couple. It does make for compelling reading in spots, and don't be surprised if it keeps you up late at night.

Several inserts of black and white reproductions of paintings, drawings and sketches are included. Notes, bibliography and an index are included as well. This was Evangline Bruce's only published work. History fans will have a fine time with this, and I happily recommend it.
I enjoyed reading "Napoleon and Josephine". It was entertaining and suspenseful like a soap opera. I couldn't put the book down. Evangeline Bruce brought out some interesting tidbits on Napoleon and Josephine. One example: the young and slender General Bonaparte, a newlywed, boldly kisses and fondles his wife while in the presence of his generals. On one such occasion during a meeting, Napoleon's open affections with Josephine forced one of his generals to move over to the window to give the couple some time alone. The "Epilogue" at the end of the book gives detailed information on what later became of indivduals such as Theresia Tallien, Barras, Napoleon's first love Desiree, and others. This is an excellent book!
Napoleon and Josephine (Phoenix Giants) ebook
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