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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Trial of M. Beauharnais and Josephine.
Hopes cherished.

This brief and painful interview was their last. They never met again. They were allowed but a few moments together ere the officers [Pg 74]came and dragged M. Beauharnais before the judges. His examination lasted but a few minutes, when he was remanded back to prison. Nothing was proved against him. No serious accusation even was laid to his charge. But he was a noble. He had descended from illustrious ancestors, and therefore, as an aristocrat, he was doomed to die. Josephine was also conducted into the presence of this sanguinary tribunal. She was the wife of a nobleman. She was the friend of Marie Antoinette. She had even received distinguished attentions at court. These crimes consigned her also to the guillotine. Josephine was conducted back to her prison, unconscious of the sentence which had been pronounced against her husband and herself. She even cherished the sanguine hope that they would soon be . . . Read More

Community Reviews

An incredible and tasteful account of Josephine Bonaparte!

A puff piece, it reminded me of an Enlightenment-era People magazine minus the photos. A one-name celebrity, Josephine was beautiful, intelligent, and charming.

Her story is a fairy-tale. Born in Martinique, orphaned at a young age, 'raised in the midst of negresses' (!!) (<- perhaps her tact and de