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The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802142028, Paperback)
One of the most remarkable women of the modern era, Josephine Bonaparte was born Rose de Tasher on her family's sugar plantation in Martinique. She embodied all the characteristics of a true Creole-sensuality, vivacity, and willfulness. Using diaries and letters, Andrea Stuart expertly re-creates Josephine's whirlwind of a life, which began with an isolated Caribbean childhood and led to a marriage that would usher her onto the world stage and crown her empress of France.
Josephine managed to be in the forefront of every important episode of her era's turbulent history: from the rise of the West Indian slave plantations that bankrolled Europe's rapid economic development, to the decaying of the ancien régime, to the French Revolution itself, from which she barely escaped the guillotine.
Rescued from near starvation, she grew to epitomize the wild decadence of post-revolutionary Paris. It was there that Josephine first caught the eye of Napoleon Bonaparte. A true partner to Napoleon, she was equal parts political adviser, hostess par excellence, confidante, and passionate lover. In this captivating biography, Stuart brings her so utterly to life that we finally understand why Napoleon's last word before dying was the name he had given her: Josephine.
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"With the dismissive epigram 'Not tonight, Josephine', history has relegated Napoleon's empress to the role of mere boudoir distraction. Bedazzled by her more famous husband, biographers have neglected Josephine's own life story - a story that encompassed Caribbean slave revolts, arranged marriage, revolutionary politics and the threat of the guillotine, before she even met the man whose historical shadow all but obliterated her own." "Andrea Stuart's biography reclaims Josephine as a woman whose intelligence, strength and wit secured her safety and her legacy in European cultural history. It shows a Caribbean woman of aristocratic but ambiguous racial descent plotting a path through the terrors of revolutionary France and the sexual politics of its aftermath. It also paints a powerful picture of the creative, violent times in which she lived, and of a Paris which raged and fought and danced through the turbulence of revolution and empire."--BOOK JACKET.
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