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Standing beside the charismatic Napoleon, Josephine's own importance and fascinating history have often been overshadowed. In a fictionalized account of Josephine's diaries and her correspondence, author Sandra Gulland has shed light on Josephine's pre-Napoleon life. This, the first of three books about Josephine, covers her childhood in Martinique, her first marriage, the birth of her children, her life during the revolution, and her marriage to Napoleon.
A poor Creole outsider as well as a rising socialite, Josephine experienced both the horrors of imprisonment and the privilege of connections. Utilizing these different perspectives, Gulland takes special care to bring forth the reality of life in late 18th-century France. Though she can only theorize on Josephine's emotions and desires, Gulland's talented writing and the restrained use of footnotes keep the reader properly informed on pertinent details, whether they be obscure political events or voodoo beliefs. While professional historians may bristle at the artistic license Gulland employs, most readers will find her novel a satisfying and engaging introduction to this dramatic period. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is the first in a trilogy. Bonaparte does not come in until the end, leaving the reader wanting to open book 2. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Caylee G
Wonderful story, we just read it in our book club. First of a Trilogy. The author researched France before, during and after the French Revolution. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2010 by Angie
I simply just LOVED IT! I love history and this book provides you entertainment and knowledge about how they lived back then. I definitely recommend it.Published on Dec 14 2010 by Y. Dumoulin
I bought this from the bargin bin at a large book sellers. I was one lucky woman, I would have paid much more for it. I read this and the rest of the series is quick succession. Read morePublished on May 16 2007 by C. McIntyre
I had never heard of this book before I saw it at a book fair. I am so glad I picked it up! I have talked about it so much, that all of my friends are reading it. Read morePublished on April 19 2002
I'm not a big fan of the whole 'history via a character's diary' thing. But I grabbed this book on a whim and was quickly absorbed. Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by Jill Myles
I only recently heard about this popular series of books on Josephine Bonaparte. I started reading this first one and could not put it down. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002
The book, written in diary format, documented the early life and formative years of Rose Tasher (aka Josephine Bonaparte). Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002 by M.A.E.
This book is exelent. After I picked it up I couldn't stop reading. It taught me a lot of things, and I know it will teach everybody something. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001