Pauline Bonaparte

Pauline Bonaparte

Venus of Empire

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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, which has been replicated in countless ways through the years. But just as remarkable as Pauline’s private life was her fidelity to the emperor (if not to her husbands). She was present for Napoleon’s great victories in Italy, and she was often at Malmaison with her brother and her rival for his loyalty, the empress Josephine. When he was exiled to Elba, Pauline was the only sibling to follow him there, and after the final defeat at Waterloo she begged to be allowed to join him at Saint Helena.

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. In Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire, Flora Fraser has cast new light on the Napoleonic era while crafting a dynamic, vivid portrait of a mesmerizing woman.

Baker & Taylor
Examines the life of Napoleon's favorite sister, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese, renowned at the turn of the nineteenth century as one of Europe's most beautiful women, who shocked the continent with her scandalous love affairs and opulent lifestyle.

Baker
& Taylor

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.
The author of Beloved Emma examines the life and times of Napoleon's favorite sister, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese, a woman renowned at the turn of the nineteenth century as one of Europe's most beautiful women, who shocked the continent with her scandalous love affairs, opulent lifestyle, and lifelong fidelity to her brother. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
ISBN: 9780307265449
0307265447
Branch Call Number: Biography B642f
Characteristics: xvi, 287 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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