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Queen Hortense

L. Mühlbach

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Hortense first removed; and Josephine they wanted to get out of the way because she interfered with the ambitious designs of Bonaparte's brothers. Since they could not become great and celebrated by their own merits, they desired to be so through their illustrious brother; and, in order that they might become kings, Bonaparte must, above all things, wear a crown. Josephine was opposed to this project; she loved Bonaparte enough to fear the dangers that a usurpation of the crown must bring with it, and she had so little ambition as to prefer her present brilliant and peaceful lot to the proud but perilous exaltation to a throne.

For this reason, then, Josephine was to be removed, and Bonaparte must choose another wife--a wife in whose veins there should course legitimate royal blood, and who would, therefore, be content to see a crown upon the head of her consort.


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Hortense was Napoleon Bonaparte's step-daughter and sister-in-law, being Empress Josephine's daughter and Napoleon's brother Louis's wife. She became Queen of Holland and, during the Bourbon restoration and Napoleon's first exile, when she returned to France, she was given the title of duchess.