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By Kate Williams

ISBN-10: 0345522850

ISBN-13: 9780345522856

Their love used to be mythical, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his spouse, Josephine, got here to strength in the course of probably the most turbulent sessions within the background of France. the tale of the Corsican soldier’s amazing upward thrust has been good documented. Now, during this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams attracts again the curtain at the lady who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic flip of occasions that resulted in her undoing.

Born Marie-Josèphe-Rose de Tascher de l. a. Pagerie at the Caribbean island of Martinique, the lady Napoleon might later name Josephine was once the last word survivor. She persisted a loveless marriage to a French aristocrat—executed throughout the Reign of Terror—then slightly escaped the guillotine blade herself. Her near-death event in simple terms fueled Josephine’s ambition and heightened her choice to discover a guy who may well finance and maintain her. even though no vintage attractiveness, she speedy built a name as essentially the most fascinating ladies at the continent.

In 1795, she met Napoleon. The allure used to be mutual, fast, and severe. Theirs was once an often-tumultuous union, roiled by means of their pursuit of different fanatics yet intensely desirous about strength and luck. Josephine used to be Napoleon’s excellent consort and the item of nationwide fascination. jointly they conquered Europe. Their extravagance was once exceptional, even through the factors of Versailles. yet she couldn't produce an inheritor. Sexual obsession introduced them jointly, yet chilly organic fact tore them apart.

Gripping in its immediacy, attractive in its element, Ambition and wish is a real story of wish, heartbreak, and innovative turmoil, engagingly written through one among England’s so much praised younger historians. Kate Williams’s searing portrait of this desirable and complicated lady will eventually bring up Josephine Bonaparte to the old prominence she merits.

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