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Josephine Paperback – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447249038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447249030
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Delightful’ Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

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‘It’s a story worthy of a blockbuster novel, and it’s all true. Oodles of sex, passion, adultery, media hype, decadence, plots, murder, mayhem, anguish and betrayal fill these pages . . . an enjoyable, well-researched book; I didn’t want to reach the end’ Edwina Currie, New Statesman Books of the Year One of the most potent icons of female sexuality, Josephine has largely been reduced to an empty cipher, wife to her more famous husband and the butt of one of the oldest jokes around. Yet as Andrea Stuart shows, the girl who grew up on the beautiful island of Martinique endured Caribbean slave revolts, an arranged marriage, and the threat of the guillotine before she even met the man who made her Empress of France. In the grip of turbulent times, Josephine used her intelligence and her allure to forge her way in a Paris that raged and fought and danced its way through revolution and empire. This is the thrilling story of her strength, survival and ultimate transformation. ‘Delightful’ Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The is a refreshing narrative of a well known, but often misquoted, non-fiction subject. Andrea Stuart has researched and written an energetic biography of Josephine Bonaparte, from the cradle to grave. Never a dull moment, I learnt a lot about the period and politics. I was also reminded that human nature hasn't changed. Very enjoyable.
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Andrea Stuart's new biography on the life of Napoleon's most famous mistress, Josephine, is a complete and captivating story of one of France most powerful women at a time of social and political upheaval as France sought to reestablish its identity at the heart of Europe and the New World. It is a rich biography, expanding to discuss in depth the political and social reality of the time and the nature and actions of those personages that influenced Josephine the greatest.
The story commences with the birth of Marie-Josephe-Rose de Tascher de La Pagerie on the island of Martinque, After delving into her childhood, Rose's life truly commenced with her enagagement and subsequent marriage to Alexandre de Beauharnais - often pointed to as the galant, de Valmont, of Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. After a rocky marriage as her overly florid and highly unsuited to marriage husband took a multitude of lovers, charmed his way through Parisien society and ended up accusing the innocent Rose of adultery whilst he on a trip back to Martinque and she in Paris, Rose found herself with two children, separated and in a the convent of Panthemont. It was to prove a turning point as, just before the French Revolution ignited she returned from new new home at Fontainbleu to Martinque. Whilst there she did not escape the violence of it as Martinque was one of the first colonies to follow the mainland and she was forced to flee the island of her birth forever.
She returned to a Paris where republicanism was the new `word' . In the meantime her husband, Alexandre, had risen to prominence amongst the new wave of political power and was actually President of the National Assembly the month Rose returned. As a result of her husband's fame, so Rose grew in recognition by association.
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This biography reads like a novel -- a beautifully written novel. It's breathtaking and the scholarship is impeccable. And Josephine was a magnificent human being. She lived in a time when, just to survive, a girl had to do what a girl had to do, and Josephine did everything better than anyone else.
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HASH(0x9249f894) out of 5 stars An excellent written historical story about Josephine Bonaparte 22 May 2016
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An excellent written historical story about Josephine Bonaparte,
I found it fascinating from the first page till the last and it gave me a lot of unknown information about the after effects/.situation of the French /Paris Bastillion revolution.

That we have never learned in our history lessons at the height school. (I am from Europe.)
Straight after finishing the online reading of Rose of Martinigue,.
I bought online Napoleon Bonaparte biography
Thank you.
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HASH(0x907f9210) out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Feb. 2016
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Great until the last third which was predictable.
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HASH(0x92189fcc) out of 5 stars Engaging coverage of a fascinating life 8 Jun. 2013
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This is an excellent biography of one of history's most fascinating women - it had me enthralled from beginning to end.
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