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    review Josephine Pdf/E–book (Josephine) Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read HAPPY BASTILLE DAY FRENCHIES She chose the symbol of the swan graceful on the surface but scrabbling hard underwaterthis is pretty much just a straight up biography of josephine bonaparte i don't read a lot of biographies but sometimes i have

  2. says: Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read Pdf/E–book (Josephine)

    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) It cannot be said enough; strong women come in all shapes and forms Kate Williams proves this in her thorough biography of Josephine Bonaparte who is the latest in my list of subjects as I continue my journey over this two month period Married to the infamous French general and Emperor Josephine's life proved t

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    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) 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 marri

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    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read I enjoyed learning about Josephine Napoleon as well as the history of France during that period Before reading this I really didn’t know much about Josephine at all other than the fact that she was born in Martiniue not that far from where we live Our local museum claims to have her bathtub but I have my dou

  5. says: Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read review Josephine

    Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read review Josephine Well documented with footnotes and a bibliography Ambition and Desire The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte still manages to be accessible and highly engaging Any biography of Josephine will necessarily include Napoleon and theirs is an eye popping story of poverty passion politics ego ostentation and power A

  6. says: Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams review Josephine

    review Josephine Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read Pdf/E–book (Josephine) I LOVED thisThis was well researched thorough engaging and covered many other key characters of this periodMostly what I love about this is well

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    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for my review I am going to be nit picky with this review I will start with the positive It was an easy read that entertained In particular I enjoyed the chapter on Malmaison which was full of vivid descriptions I have added Malmaison to my w

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    Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams review Josephine 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

  9. says: Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams review Josephine

    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams This was the first time ever that I listened to an audiobook It came handy in my pre Christmas cooking frenzy I like the novelty of an audiobookI can listen to it while cooking or ironingThis book about Josephine Bonaparte was fascinating Somehow I never knew much about Bonaparte or her For a Philistine like me fiction always work

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    Pdf/E–book (Josephine) I can’t remember ever approaching a historical biography knowing less about the subject In fact what I knew about Josephine could fit comfortably on the back of a postcard and would include the immortal lines ’Not tonig

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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • Josephine
  • Kate Williams
  • English
  • 21 August 2020
  • 9780091936914

review Josephine

Josephine Summary ↠ 8 Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read 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 enjoyed learning about Josephine Napoleon as well as the history of France during that period Before reading this I really didn t know much about Josephine at all other than the fact that she was born in Martiniue not that far from where we live Our local museum claims to have her bathtub but I have my doubts as to whether that tub was really hers Josephine was a survivor Her first marriage was simply dreadful Her marriage to Napoleon was doomed most especially when she was unable to bear his child Mind you I would think that any marriage to either of them would likely be doomed Oftentimes this book got far detailed than I would have liked I can t say that I loved it or would recommend it I most enjoyed reading the parts about her love for Chateau de Malmaison Bonaparte and Josephine by Lionel PerauxShe loved botany and collecting rare animals One of my favorite descriptions Her most cherished animal was a female orangutan possessed of a remarkably sweet nature The little lady strolled about the house fully dressed and when anyone approached her she pulled her coat over her legs and would assume a modest decent air to welcome the visitor She always ate at the table using a knife and fork and was particularly fond of nibbling on turnips After dinner she loved to cover her head with a napkin and then pull funny faces When she fell ill and was put to bed she lay with the cover drawn up to her chin and her arms outside it completely hidden by the sleeves of the dressing gown If anyone she knew came into the room she greeted him with an appealing look shaking her head gently and pressing his hand affectionately

Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate WilliamsJosephine

Josephine Summary ↠ 8 Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read 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

Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read

Josephine Summary ↠ 8 Free read Ð eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Kate Williams Kate Williams ☆ 8 Read 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