Pauline Bonaparte by Flora Fraser
Venus of Empire

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From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, the brilliant life of Napoleon's favorite sister, with color photos, paintings, and illustrations.
 
Considered by many in Europe to be the most beautiful woman at the turn of the nineteenth century, Pauline Bonaparte Borghese shocked the continent with the boldness of her love affairs, her opulent wardrobe and jewels, her decision to pose nearly nude for Canova's sculpture, and her rumored incestuous relationship with her brother, the Emperor Napoleon—the only man to whom she was loyal. When Napoleon was exiled to Elba, Pauline was the only sibling to follow him there, and after the final defeat at Waterloo she begged to join him at Saint Helena.
 
In Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire, Flora Fraser casts new light on the Napoleonic era and crafts a dynamic, vivid portrait of a mesmerizing woman.


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About Flora Fraser

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Flora Fraser is the author of Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton; The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline; and Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
 
Published February 24, 2009 by Anchor. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The author relies on Napoleon’s riveting odyssey to propel the insipid life story of Pauline Bonaparte (1780–1825), whose legendary milk baths were the most interesting thing about her.

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Her great rival, the Empress Josephine, appears to have believed it — and so does Fraser, who thinks Napoleon might have given Pauline venereal disease.

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Historical Novel Society

Respecting the relationship of Napoleon and Pauline author Fraser concludes, “it seems inevitable, given the strong sex drive for which Pauline and Napoleon were both renowned… that they should have experimented sexually together.” [p.

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Scotsman.com

PAULINE BONAPARTE, SISTER OF Napoleon, was said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe: lithe and long-limbed, with pale skin and dark eyes.

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Bookmarks Magazine

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 beaut...

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