Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Fraser, Flora.

Title Pauline Bonaparte : Venus of Empire / Flora Fraser.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Biographies  92 BIOGRAPHY BONAPARTE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 287 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-274) and index.
Contents Family tree -- Dinner at Marseille, 1796 -- Garrison bride, 1797-1798 -- Madame Leclerc in Paris, 1798-1799 -- Sister to the First Consul, 1800-1802 -- Expedition to Haiti, 1802 -- Pestilential climate, 1802-1803 -- Union with a Roman prince, 1803 -- Bitter summer, 1804 -- The Borgheses at war, 1804-1807 -- Messalina of the Empire, 1807 -- Southern belle, 1807-1808 -- Agent for divorce, 1808-1812 -- Survival, 1812-1814 -- Diamonds on the battlefield, 1814-1815 -- Plots and plans, 1815-1821 -- "Great remains of beauty," 1821-1825.
Summary From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, the brilliant life of Napoleon's favorite sister. Celebrated for her looks, notorious for her passions, immortalized by Antonio Canova's statue, and always deeply loyal to her brother, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese is a fascinating figure in her own right. At the turn of the nineteenth century, she was considered by many to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. She shocked the continent with the boldness of her love affairs, her opulent wardrobe and jewels, and, most famously, her decision to pose nearly nude for Canova's sculpture. But just as remarkable as Pauline's private life was her fidelity to the emperor (if not to her husbands). No biographer has gone so deeply into the sources or so closely examined one of the seminal relationships of the man who shaped modern Europe. Fraser has cast new light on the Napoleonic era while crafting a dynamic portrait of a mesmerizing woman.--From publisher description.
Subject Bonaparte, Paolina, 1780-1825.
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Family.
Princesses -- France -- Biography.
ISBN 9780307265449
Add a Review