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« on: December 28, 2016, 11:39:20 pm »

Napoleon Bonaparte was born August 15, 1769. At the military academy at Brienne, Napoleon was adept not only at mathematics but also at history and geography.   
Once he had decided that marriage to Josephine de Beauharnais might well promote his career, Bonaparte for his part had no doubt that he should make her his wife. Marriage to Josephine took place on March 9, 1796.   
The coronation of Napoleon I as Emperor of the French took place on December 2, 1804.   
Napoleon divorced the Empress Josephine. He married the Archduchess Marie Louise to provide him with a son and heir.                                                                                                                                                                   
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 01:08:34 am »

Josephine experienced so much abuse at his hands and the hands of his family. She had her affairs, but she really, really made a huge mistake when she thought she wouldn't get caught. She was there for him when he was a nobody and was  cast off once Napoleon was a complete success (as often happens) and then go figure, maried someone drastically younger from a grander house. Interestingly, while Josephine could barely hold up under the abuse that the Bonaparte family threw at her, nineteen year old Marie Louise was largely dismissive of the machinations of that family.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 08:44:24 am »

Different eras of Napoleon. Even Marie Louise suffered abuse but she was part of the austrian royal family and Napoleon wanted a son. So he had to do something or he would lose his opportunity. But Marie Louise totally failed on advocating the rights of her son.

Josephine was a totally different woman and I doubt she had problems with his family. She was above all of them socially and intellectually. And this is what angered Napoleon's family. Her problem was that she could not have his son if she had I doubt they would have divorced. If he died and did not have kids it would have gone to one of his brothers. And his relationship with them was always strained.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 01:31:17 am »

Napoleon and Josephine lived in a house in Rue de la Victoire in Paris, France.   
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/503840277034616205     
 
In 1804, Napoleon I became Emperor of the French.   
The bee was chosen so as to link the new imperial Bonaparte dynasty to the very origins of France.   
Bees covered the surface of the imperial cloaks of both Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine at their coronation ceremony.
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2017, 02:13:48 am »

Was Napoleon I murdered?   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUWdydAuVzc
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 12:30:05 am »

It was calculated that Josephine had bought no fewer than nine hundred dresses in a single year as Empress.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2017, 02:46:36 am »

On the island of Elba Napoleon had olive trees and chestnut trees planted to check erosion on the mountain slopes above the iron mines.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 10:41:25 pm »

In her post-divorce allowance, all of Empress Josephine's debts would be settled. She would receive an allowance of three million francs a year.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2018, 10:35:26 pm »

Napoleon was on a search for a suitable wife and a wife that could give prestige to his new empire. His first thought was the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna. How could Emperor Alexander I of Russia consent to a marriage between his sister and his enemy?
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2018, 09:56:40 pm »

While Napoleon had hoped that the Empress Josephine might return to court, Marie Louise was determined that Josephine should not.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2018, 11:00:32 pm »

In order to dismantle the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon I created the Confederation of the Rhine.
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2018, 10:42:25 pm »

Napoleon I coronation ceremony         
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2018, 01:55:11 am »

On May 14, 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 09:31:28 pm »

Sorry but I must have missed that post that Josephine bought about 900 dresses for a single year! Utterly outrageous but maybe she felt compelled to if other women ‘of the court’ did the same thing.

For me, I couldn’t be bothered changing that many times in one day.

No wonder they got rid of her husband.

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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2018, 09:42:25 pm »

^ Even though that is ridiculous and wasteful by any standards (then & now), it has to be said that women (& men) had to change up to 5 times a day. A new dress for morning, lounging, lunch, dinner, etc etc it was nuts and went into the early 20th century and then at some point they (upper classes) scrapped it. It is said that e.g. the WIndsors under Liz still observe such a ridiculousness for Xmas, esp the wome have to change incessantly.... Anyway, that's why they "needed" so many clothes and couldn't repeat too much either and why they travelled with a gazillion suitcases.

The rule by the Austrian imperial court that empresses could wear any shoes only once is the most ridiculous one by far. Sisi saw to it that this was abolished, she learnt from her father and found for herself that well walked/ broken in shoes are the best & most comfortable, as we all know very well this is true. Before her, empresses and some other women of the court wore their handmade brandnew shoes once and then handed them over to maids etc. Imagine that!!
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