What happens when one of the most powerful men in Europe ends your marriage? What do you do when you are replaced as Empress of France? In this episode Christine delves into Josephine Bonaparte’s life as the ex-wife of Emperor Napoleon.
Queen Hortense Bonaparte, The Memoirs of Queen Hortense, 2 Vols, Cosmopolitan Book Corporation (1927).
Evangeline Bruce, Napoleon & Josephine: An Improbable Marriage, Scribner (1995).
Nina Epton, Josephine: The Empress and Her Children, Norton (1976).
Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life, Viking (2014).
The Fondation Napoleon. Specifically- Life of Josephine and Close-Up on Napoleon’s “Divorce”
Places of Interest
Official Site for the Chateau de Malmaison
Tourism site for Rueil-Malmaison- includes a trail exploring various local Napoleonic history sites
Before Napoleon: Josephine's First Marriage
This episode is part of our Revolutionary France Series.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)