#LOVEBEAUTIFUL: Napoleon and Josephine

Happy Monday folks! Today we are delighted to continue our new project, we will not only discuss love-inspired topics on a daily basis but beforehand carefully choose a country and adapt each topic to it.

This week’s country is

France

LoveStoryPeople breathes this country soul and especially Paris.

We would like to start with a historical french love story.

Napoleon and Josephine: a love story

Joséphine de Beauharnais was the first wife of Napoleon I, and thus the first Empress of the French.

Her marriage to Napoleon I was her second; her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she herself was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until five days after Alexandre’s execution. Her two children by Alexandre became significant to royal lineage. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the maternal grandmother of Napoléon III. Through her son, Eugène, she was the great-grandmother of later Swedish and Danish kings and queens. The reigning houses of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg also descend from her. She did not bear Napoleon any children; as a result, he divorced her in 1810 to marry Marie Louise of Austria.

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The marriage was not well received by Napoléon’s family, who were shocked that he had married an older widow with two children. His mother and sisters were especially resentful of Joséphine as they felt clumsy and unsophisticated in her presence. Two days after the wedding, Bonaparte left to lead the French army in Italy. During their separation, he sent her many love letters. In February 1797, he wrote:

“You to whom nature has given spirit, sweetness, and beauty, you who alone can move and rule my heart, you who know all too well the absolute empire you exercise over it!”

love letter napoleon

LoveStoryPeople is currently working on a project called “LoveLeters”. Napolean is one of our inspiration.

Stay tuned, have a good start in a new week and follow #LoveStoryPpl

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