AMBITION AND DESIRE THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOSEPHINE BONAPARTE

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Ambition And Desire

Author : Kate Williams
ISBN : 9780345522856
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From CNN’s official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon’s heart—and with it, an empire. Their love was legendary, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France. The story of the Corsican soldier’s incredible rise has been well documented. Now, in this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams draws back the curtain on the woman who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing. Born Marie-Josèphe-Rose de Tascher de La Pagerie on the Caribbean island of Martinique, the woman Napoleon would later call Josephine was the ultimate survivor. She endured a loveless marriage to a French aristocrat—executed during the Reign of Terror—then barely escaped the guillotine blade herself. Her near-death experience only fueled Josephine’s ambition and heightened her determination to find a man who could finance and sustain her. Though no classic beauty, she quickly developed a reputation as one of the most desirable women on the continent. In 1795, she met Napoleon. The attraction was mutual, immediate, and intense. Theirs was an often-tumultuous union, roiled by their pursuit of other lovers but intensely focused on power and success. Josephine was Napoleon’s perfect consort and the object of national fascination. Together they conquered Europe. Their extravagance was unprecedented, even by the standards of Versailles. But she could not produce an heir. Sexual obsession brought them together, but cold biological truth tore them apart. Gripping in its immediacy, captivating in its detail, Ambition and Desire is a true tale of desire, heartbreak, and revolutionary turmoil, engagingly written by one of England’s most praised young historians. Kate Williams’s searing portrait of this alluring and complex woman will finally elevate Josephine Bonaparte to the historical prominence she deserves. Praise for Ambition and Desire “Not just a scholarly work, but a page-turner . . . Williams is no stranger to creating works on strong and influential women, and, as in those works, here she does an admirable job of demystifying Josephine. . . . This engrossing and accessible account is for all readers who enjoy historical biography.”—Library Journal “[A] riveting account . . . Williams perfectly illustrates all that was bizarre and maddening about French life during the reign of Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte.”—Publishers Weekly “Intelligent and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews “An in-depth portrait of the substantive woman behind the throne.”—Booklist “Reading [Ambition and Desire] is like watching Silk Stockings, the 1957 Hollywood masterpiece with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. The book flows and jumps, taking the reader by the hand through tormented times in French history without ever letting you go or losing itself in the intricacies of French politics.”—The Times “A sparkling account of this most fallible and endearing of women.”—Daily Mail “A whirlwind tour of French history.”—The Telegraph From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lady Almina Und Das Wahre Downton Abbey

Author : Gräfin von Carnarvon
ISBN : 9783864155147
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Sie reiste mit Dutzenden von Koffern an und erhielt jährlich ein Taschengeld von 6,5 Millionen Pfund. Als die bürgerliche Almina im Alter von 19 Jahren den Grafen von Carnarvon, Herr von Highclere Castle, heiratet und in die Kreise des Adels aufsteigt, scheint ihr Leben perfekt. Als Erbin eines immensen Vermögens und Frau eines Adeligen feiert sie rauschende Feste und hüllt sich in teure Kleider. Doch mit dem Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs nimmt Lady Alminas Schicksal eine unerwartete Wendung und sie muss beweisen, was wirklich in ihr steckt. Seit 2010 die erste Folge von Downton Abbey in Großbritannien ausgestrahlt wurde, ist das Kostümdrama zu einem TV-Hit geworden. Von der Kritik gefeiert und mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet, wurde die Serie schnell auch international zu einem Erfolg. Mithilfe von Tagebüchern, Briefen und Fotografien aus dem Archiv von Highclere Castle erzählt die aktuelle Lady von Carnarvon die faszinierende Geschichte von Lady Almina und Schloss Highclere, welches sowohl als Kulisse als auch als Inspiration für Downton Abbey dient.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Jos Phine

Author : Sandra Gulland
ISBN : 3596148804
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Der Graf Von Monte Christo Illustrierte Gesamtausgabe Band 1 Bis 6

Author : Alexandre Dumas
ISBN : 9786050413137
Genre : Fiction
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Diese Gesamtausgabe enthält alle Bände des sechsteiligen Romans "Der Graf von Monte Christo". "Der Graf von Monte Christo" (orig. "Le Comte de Monte-Cristo") ist ein Abenteuerroman von Alexandre Dumas. Zwischen 1844 und 1846 veröffentlichte Dumas den "Graf von Monte Christo" als Fortsetzungsroman in der Zeitschrift "Le Journal des débats" und erzielte damit ungeahnten Erfolg. Noch bevor der Roman fertiggestellt war, erschienen bereits die ersten Nachdrucke. Die Geschichte spielt in der Zeit nach der Französischen Revolution in den Jahren 1814 bis 1838. Napoleons Stern ist untergegangen, und die Restauration unter den Königen Ludwig XVIII. und Karl X. hat stattgefunden. Dann folgt die Julirevolution von 1830, durch die der "Bürgerkönig" Louis-Philippe I. auf den Thron kommt.
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Wie Man Freunde Gewinnt

Author : Dale Carnegie
ISBN : 9783104031477
Genre : Self-Help
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Dieses Buch zeigt Ihnen: - wie man Freunde gewinnt - wie man auf neuen Wegen zu neuen Zielen gelangt - wie man beliebt wird - wie man seine Umwelt beeinflußt - wie man mehr Ansehen erlangt - wie man im Beruf erfolgreicher wird - wie man Streit vermeidet - wie man ein guter Redner und brillanter Gesellschafter wird - wie man den Charakter seiner Mitmenschen erkennt - wie man seine Mitarbeiter anspornt und vieles mehr...
Category: Self-Help

The Caesar Of Paris Napoleon Bonaparte Rome And The Artistic Obsession That Shaped An Empire

Author : Susan Jaques
ISBN : 9781681779409
Genre : History
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A monumental cultural history of Napoleon Bonaparte’s fascination with antiquity and how it shaped Paris’ artistic landscape. Napoleon is one of history’s most fascinating figures. But his complex relationship with Rome—both with antiquity and his contemporary conflicts with the Pope and Holy See—have undergone little examination. In The Caesar of Paris, Susan Jaques reveals how Napoleon’s dueling fascination and rivalry informed his effort to turn Paris into “the new Rome”— Europe’s cultural capital—through architectural and artistic commissions around the city. His initiatives and his aggressive pursuit of antiquities and classical treasures from Italy gave Paris much of the classical beauty we know and adore today. Napoleon had a tradition of appropriating from past military greats to legitimize his regime—Alexander the Great during his invasion of Egypt, Charlemagne during his coronation as emperor, even Frederick the Great when he occupied Berlin. But it was ancient Rome and the Caesars that held the most artistic and political influence and would remain his lodestars. Whether it was the Arc de Triopmhe, the Venus de Medici in the Louvre, or the gorgeous works of Antonio Canova, Susan Jaques brings Napoleon to life as never before.
Category: History

Fashion In European Art

Author : Justine De Young
ISBN : 9781786722249
Genre : Social Science
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Fashion reveals not only who we are, but whom we aspire to be. From 1775 to 1925, artists in Europe were especially attuned to the gaps between appearance and reality, participating in and often critiquing the making of the self and the image. Reading their portrayals of modern life with an eye to fashion and dress reveals a world of complex calculations and subtle signals. Extensively illustrated, Fashion in European Art explores the significance of historical dress over this period of upheaval, as well as the lived experience of dress and its representation. Drawing on visual sources that extend from paintings and photographs to fashion plates, caricatures and advertisements, the expert contributors consider how artists and their sitters engaged with the fashion and culture of their times. They explore the politics of dress, its inspirations and the reactions it provoked, as well as the many meanings of fashion in European art, revealing its importance in understanding modernity itself.
Category: Social Science

Ich

Author : Katharine Hepburn
ISBN : 3453879317
Genre : Motion picture actors and actresses
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Category: Motion picture actors and actresses