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Synopsis: JOSEPHINE: DESIRE, AMBITION, NAPOLEON

This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man's world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene, surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short, marginalised Corsican soldier, six years her junior. Josephine, the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat, was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon. With her by his side, he became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with more diamonds than Marie Antoinette's. But as his fame grew, Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephine's extravagant spending. The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous. Until, a divorcee aged forty-seven, she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a child.

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ISBN 9780099551423
Weight 0.29
Publisher THE RANDOM HOUSE GROUP LIMITED
Book Size (cm.) 129x198x24
Language English
Number of Pages 368

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This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man's world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged a view all

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WILLIAMS, KATE

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A British author, historian and television presenter. Williams lectures MA degree studies in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first book, England's Mistress, a biography of Emma Hamilton, was published by Random House in the UK and US (under the imprint Ballantine Books). It was short-listed for the Marsh/English Speaking Union Prize for the best biography of 2005–06, was selected as a Book of the Year in The Times and The Independent, and broadcast as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. The film is in production with Picture Palace and a stage musical is also in development.

Becoming Queen, about the youth of Queen Victoria and her cousin, Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, was published in 2008. It was serialised in the The Sunday Telegraph and it was a Book of the Year in the The Spectator and Tatler. The Times selected it as one of the Top 50 Paperbacks of 2009. Her third biography for Random House, entitled "Josephine: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon" looks at the life of Joséphine de Beauharnais and was published in 2013.

Williams has written a biography of the formative years of Queen Elizabeth II, entitled Young Elizabeth: The Making of Our Queen. It was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, part of Orion Books, in May 2012. The audiobook version will be read by Williams herself.

Along with Alison Weir, Tracy Borman and Sarah Gristwood, Williams wrote ...

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