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  • Josephine
  • Kate Williams
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  • 17 March 2019
  • 9780091936914

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Read & Download Josephine Josephine Free read ☆ 106 Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB · Kate Williams Her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short marginalised Corsican soldier six years her juniorJosephine the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon With her by his side he bec. I LOVED thisThis was well researched thorough engaging and covered many other key characters of this periodMostly what I love about this is well a sex worker becomes EmpressHoes be winningAnother fun fact it s a nunnery in which she perfected both the skills and charms with which she will use as a Courtesan fancy sex work is still sex work both before and during The Revolution Napoleon loves her deeply but also appreciates her political contacts and social skill She most definitely helped him smooth his way politically which was a vital part of him gaining popularity and stealing powerShe spent soooooooo much moneyConsiderably than Marie Antoinette ironically She perhaps had a shopping addictionShe was incredibly close to her kids which wasn t as common in that era amongst that social class where physical and emotional care was provided by staffShe was extremely reluctant to wed Napoleon and only agreed because her preferred lover wouldn t divorce his wifeNapoleon was hours late to their wedding and it wasn t at all legalnot even civillyJosephine cheats immediatelyLol I just appreciate herI don t like how she treated her daughter nor her complete disregard of chattel slaveryShe was Empress though largely powerless she also didn t careWhat a character thoughHer and Napoleon s theatrics sound award worthy lol Inside the Titanic A Giant Cut away Book Giant Cutaway Book use as a Courtesan fancy sex work is still sex work both before and during The Revolution Napoleon loves her deeply but also appreciates her political contacts and social skill She most definitely helped him smooth his way politically which was a vital part of him gaining popularity and stealing powerShe spent soooooooo much moneyConsiderably than Marie Antoinette ironically She perhaps had a shopping addictionShe was incredibly close to her kids which wasn t as common in that era amongst that social class where physical and emotional care was provided by staffShe was extremely reluctant to wed Napoleon and only agreed because her preferred lover wouldn t divorce his wifeNapoleon was hours late to their wedding and it wasn t at all legalnot even civillyJosephine cheats immediatelyLol I just appreciate herI don t like how she treated her daughter nor her complete disregard of chattel slaveryShe was Empress though largely powerless she also didn t careWhat a character thoughHer and Napoleon s theatrics sound award worthy lol

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Read & Download Josephine Josephine Free read ☆ 106 Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB · Kate Williams Librarian note alternate cover edition rerelease of 9780091936914This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might In this triumphant biography Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story of sexual obsession politics and surviving as a woman in a man's worldAbandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband Josephine's future did not look promising But while. I thought this book was fascinating Before reading it I knew little about Josephine Napoleon s first wife and now she seems as real as a fierce spunky auntThis book covers Josephine s childhood her first marriage to Alexandre de Beauharnais her imprisonment during the French Revolution her tumultuous relationship and marriage with Napoleon her experience as Empress of France her obsession with creating a beautiful garden at Ch teau de Malmaison and her life after the Little Corporal left her Josephine lived an incredible life rising from a humble childhood in Martiniue to great power and glory She experienced the highs and lows of rule and the pains of exile Her tastes set the trends for art fashion gardening and decoration and her manner as a consort became seen as the ideal Most of all Napoleon and Josephine s romance is celebrated as one for the ages a coup de foudre both mysterious and passioante Although they were married only fourteen years they shaped each other s legacies and theirs is one of the great love stories of history Napoleon needed Josephine to spin him from general to politican to smooth his way to charm his opposition She threw in her lot with him gambling that he would lift himself beyond mere military glory She won her bet and yet it came at a price Marriage to him was exhausting and she had to pretend she was someone she was not for much of her life Kate Williams did an excellent job weaving together the stories uotes and historical details from the late 1700s and early 1800s Her narrative is well written and engaging I freuently paused while reading to share stories of Josephine and Napoleon with friends that s how conversational this book is I would recommend it to fans of history and those interested in biographies of powerful womenFavorite uotesBut underneath all the sparkling conversation the cheering and the caps of liberty the truth was that France was bankrupt Unrest continued to surge the crowds were prowling and angry unwilling to wait much longer for the bread they had been promisedon the French Revolution The city had become a terrible ghoulish place as ravaged and sick as if it had been hit by the Black Death People denounced employees neighbors friends and lovers and were constantly afraid of being accused of treason plotting or antirepublican feeling Almost the entire company of the Com die Fran aise was imprisoned for suspicious behavior Mothers were dragged to the guillotine from childbed while men and women were so eager to save their skins that they cheered the deaths of their loved onesNapoleon was a tough assertive aggressive child intelligent and with a temper that always threatened to boil over at any provocation At the age of seven he was sent to a Jesuit school where he learned to read write and add as well as a little Latin and ancient history He spent his time there destroying his surroundings pulling out the stuffing from chairs scratching tables and tearing leaves off plantsWhen General Bonaparte fell in love with Mme de Beauharnais it was love in all the power and strength of the term said his friend Auguste de Marmont It was apparently his first passion and he felt it with all the vigor of his nature Josephine had become a woman who did not have the luxury of believing in love To her romance and sex were a path to status and security the bargains that a woman had to make to survive Over the years she had learned charm and sophistication while forgoing her excitement her joy in the new and her desire to lose herself to another She had not been looking to fall in love but for a man to support her and her children Napoleon interested her and she loved him in her way but she no longer believed that passion could change her lifeNapoleon loved people to be in debt since it was a way of keeping them in a state of dependence but Josephine went too far She was addicted to shopping Having lost so much in the Terror she was always afraid of being deprived again She was also looking for control and security and a way to forge an identity separate from Napoleon s demands She simply could not stop buying things she did not needMy garden is the most beautiful thing in the world Josephine said in 1813 Malmaison was a fiefdom of rare and exotic plants many grown for the first time in Europe some of which are now common in our gardens including cactuses rhododendrons tulips dahlias and double jacinths There are so many rare plants from all parts of the world that one might believe oneself to be in the tropics pronounced Comtesse Potocka I am not like other men and the ordinary laws of morality and rules of propriety do not apply to me Napoleon vaunted Like tyrants throughout history he imposed morality on the people while using his own position to pursue his sexual desires A Biography of Innovations unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might In this triumphant biography Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story of sexual obsession politics and surviving as a woman in a man's worldAbandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband Josephine's future did not look promising But while. I thought this book was fascinating Before reading it I knew little about Josephine Napoleon s first wife and now she seems as real as a fierce spunky auntThis book covers Josephine s childhood her first marriage to Alexandre de Beauharnais her imprisonment during the French Revolution her tumultuous relationship and marriage with Napoleon her experience as Empress of France her obsession with creating a beautiful garden at Ch teau de Malmaison and her life after the Little Corporal left her Josephine lived an incredible life rising from a humble childhood in Martiniue to great power and glory She experienced the highs and lows of rule and the pains of exile Her tastes set the trends for art fashion gardening and decoration and her manner as a consort became seen as the ideal Most of all Napoleon and Josephine s romance is celebrated as one for the ages a coup de foudre both mysterious and passioante Although they were married only fourteen years they shaped each other s legacies and theirs is one of the great love stories of history Napoleon needed Josephine to spin him from general to politican to smooth his way to charm his opposition She threw in her lot with him gambling that he would lift himself beyond mere military glory She won her bet and yet it came at a price Marriage to him was exhausting and she had to pretend she was someone she was not for much of her life Kate Williams did an excellent job weaving together the stories Ni arte ni parte uotes and historical details from the late 1700s and early 1800s Her narrative is well written and engaging I freuently paused while reading to share stories of Josephine and Napoleon with friends that s how conversational this book is I would recommend it to fans of history and those interested in biographies of powerful womenFavorite Ni arte ni parte uotesBut Noticias De Los Montoneros underneath all the sparkling conversation the cheering and the caps of liberty the truth was that France was bankrupt Unrest continued to surge the crowds were prowling and angry Skin Talks unwilling to wait much longer for the bread they had been promisedon the French Revolution The city had become a terrible ghoulish place as ravaged and sick as if it had been hit by the Black Death People denounced employees neighbors friends and lovers and were constantly afraid of being accused of treason plotting or antirepublican feeling Almost the entire company of the Com die Fran aise was imprisoned for suspicious behavior Mothers were dragged to the guillotine from childbed while men and women were so eager to save their skins that they cheered the deaths of their loved onesNapoleon was a tough assertive aggressive child intelligent and with a temper that always threatened to boil over at any provocation At the age of seven he was sent to a Jesuit school where he learned to read write and add as well as a little Latin and ancient history He spent his time there destroying his surroundings pulling out the stuffing from chairs scratching tables and tearing leaves off plantsWhen General Bonaparte fell in love with Mme de Beauharnais it was love in all the power and strength of the term said his friend Auguste de Marmont It was apparently his first passion and he felt it with all the vigor of his nature Josephine had become a woman who did not have the luxury of believing in love To her romance and sex were a path to status and security the bargains that a woman had to make to survive Over the years she had learned charm and sophistication while forgoing her excitement her joy in the new and her desire to lose herself to another She had not been looking to fall in love but for a man to support her and her children Napoleon interested her and she loved him in her way but she no longer believed that passion could change her lifeNapoleon loved people to be in debt since it was a way of keeping them in a state of dependence but Josephine went too far She was addicted to shopping Having lost so much in the Terror she was always afraid of being deprived again She was also looking for control and security and a way to forge an identity separate from Napoleon s demands She simply could not stop buying things she did not needMy garden is the most beautiful thing in the world Josephine said in 1813 Malmaison was a fiefdom of rare and exotic plants many grown for the first time in Europe some of which are now common in our gardens including cactuses rhododendrons tulips dahlias and double jacinths There are so many rare plants from all parts of the world that one might believe oneself to be in the tropics pronounced Comtesse Potocka I am not like other men and the ordinary laws of morality and rules of propriety do not apply to me Napoleon vaunted Like tyrants throughout history he imposed morality on the people while No hay as felices Verónica Rosenthal #3 using his own position to pursue his sexual desires

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Read & Download Josephine Josephine Free read ☆ 106 Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB · Kate Williams Ame the greatest man in Europe the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with diamonds than Marie Antoinette's But as his fame grew Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephine's extravagant spending The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous Until a divorcee aged forty seven she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a chi. Though it was readable I m glad I picked it up used Williams seems to be churning out popular biographies by the cartload which might explain a sort of blithe disregard for truth There were plenty of solid statistics but those can be got from any of a number of secondary sources some of which appear on the bibliography for this I d hoped to find about Josephine s remarkable ability to take Emma Hamilton s revolutionary change in women s fashion and social intercourse and make it not only elegant but the leading look for all Europe but it wasn t about thatIn the acknowledgements Williams talks about the many hours she spent reading letters and memoirs Admirable indeed but there is no hint in this work how extremely unreliable a lot of these memoirs are some of them like Madame Remusat s published eighty years after the fact by a grandson aware of his family s position Laure Junot s engaging memoir reads like a novel as it should much of the truth having been so highly polished it s scarcely recognizable and even so Bourienne s not even remotely objective memoir as well as some others entire conversations assiduously presented as if they had really happenedAlso there are many insights into Bonaparte s thinking as well as Josephine s that haven t the vestige of support The view of Talleyrand here is little short of ludicrous for instance her blithe claim that Josephine had a hold over him 132 or that Josephine in fact had any influence whatsoever with Talleyrand s actions The motivations attributed to him were so off I was sure I was reading a novel set in an alternate universeBut the descriptions of the history of Malmaison were detailed and absorbing as well as the glimpses of Paris at the end of the Terror and at the start of the Directoire demonstrating how someone like Napoleon could take control in the first place All in all a pleasant read little new