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A series of brief entries describing some marriages arranged by Napoleon, not to be taken too seriously.
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II - Hortense and Louis

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 03:21 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 03:39 AM by Josefa

While Napoleon's first attempt at arranging a political marriage in retrospect can be seen as somewhat successful (particularly by the husband who owed his life to it), the second should have made Napoleon turn away from that business forever. This will be a story about Hortense Beauharnais, daughter of Joséphine, and Napoleon's younger brother Louis.

We have already seen that Napoleon may have had ulterior motives when marrying his aide-de-camp Lavalette to Émilie Beauharnais: Émilie...
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I - Émilie and Lavalette

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:24 AM by Josefa (Napoleon as a matchmaker)
Updated September 2nd, 2017 at 03:17 AM by Josefa

Okay, so Napoleon was a general, a politician, a lawmaker, a member of the Académie Française even - but how about his activities as a marriage broker? Napoleon has been known to have arranged several marriages during his lifetime, and I really feel this interesting aspect of his career does not quite get the attention it deserves.

Which of course might be due to the fact that Napoleon was by far more successful in war than in matchmaking. Spanish ulcer and Russian campaign not withstanding....
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