Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria became Emperor Napoleon I of France's second wife in 1810, only a few years before he was overthrown. This episode covers the ups and downs of Marie Louise's life before, during, and after her time with Napoleon.
Queen Hortense Bonaparte, The Memoirs of Queen Hortense, Jean Hanoteau (ed.), Arthur K. Griggs (trans.), vol II, Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, (1927).
Christopher Hibbert, Napoleon: His Wives and Women, W.W. Norton & Company, (2002).
Alan Palmer, Napoleon & Marie Louise: The Emperor's Second Wife, St. Martin's Press, (2001).
Desmond Seward, Napoleon's Family: The Notorious Bonapartes and Their Ascent to the Thrones of Europe, Viking, (1986).
Marie-Louise of Austria via Fondation Napoleon.
Ceremony of the marriage of Emperor Napoleon with Marie-Louise of Austria on 2 April 1810, circa 1810, via Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Napoleon, Marie-Louise, and their son the King of Rome, April 1815, via Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Presentation of a portrait of Napoleon to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, circa 1810, via Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Portrait of Marie-Louise and Napoleon, from Portraits de Napoléon I et de Marie Louise, d'Hortense Eugénie, et de Louis Napoléon, d'Eugène Napoléon et d'Auguste Amélie, de Marie Julie et de Joseph Napoléon, circa 1810, via Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This episode is part of our Revolutionary France Series.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)