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Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams. The rags-to-riches life story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire.
The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine by Andrea Stuart. Using diaries and letters, this biography recreates Josephine's whirlwind life.
Josephine: A Life of the Empress by Carolly Erickson. This biography of Napoleon's first wife practically wallows in her lurid personal life, colored by luscious descriptions of the period's clothes, food, and amusements. The focus is always on Josephine, whose psychology is discussed at length. (Review © Amazon.com.)
The Life of Empress Josephine by Phineas C. Headley.
The Empress Josephine: Art and Royal Identity by Carol Solomon Kiefer. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the ways in which Napoleon's wife Josephine made use of art and patronage in the fashioning of her royal identity.
Napoleon: His Wives and Women by Christopher Hibbert. About the women behind Napoleon, from his strong-willed mother and three sisters to his wives and mistresses. The emperor had passionate relationships, wildly worshipping certain women while disdaining others.
Napoleon's Letters to Josephine edited by Henry Foljambe Hall. Correspondence on war, politics, family and love, 1796-1814.
The Letters of Napoleon to Josephine by Napoleon Bonaparte, edited by Diana Reed Haig. This collection of letters includes commentaries, a chronology, biographies of leading personalities, and 67 illustrations.
Josephine: Napoleon's Incomparable Empress by Eleanor P. Delorme. The romance between Josephine de Beauharnais and Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most dramatic in history. This biography is based on the couple's letters, the memoirs of Josephine's two children, and other primary sources.
Napoleon's Viceroy: Eugene De Beauharnais by Carola Oman. The first biography of Josephine's son, who was Napoleon's stepson. Published in 1966. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Josephine's Daughter, Queen Hortense
Walks Through Napoleon and Josephine's Paris by Diana Reid Haig. This pocket-sized guide leads readers on five walks through Paris. Visit the prison where Josephine was held during the Revolution, restaurants where the couple dined, and more. For more information about this book, see the author's website.
Jardin De La Malmaison: Empress Josephine's Garden by H. Walter Lack. Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife, Josephine, designed a garden with more than 250 varieties of roses, exotic plants, and rare species. This volume includes all engravings from the original catalog of the garden along with photos of the garden today.
France in Russia: Empress Josephine's Malmaison Collection by Alexander Babin. Catalog from the Hermitage Museum's exhibition of artwork and personal effects from Josephine's home, Château de Malmaison.
Napoleon and Josephine Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney.
Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb. Novel about the Creole socialite who became the wife of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland. This novel, the first of a trilogy, covers Josephine's childhood in Martinique, her first marriage, the birth of her children, her life during the revolution, and her marriage to Napoleon. (Review © Amazon.)
Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland is the second book in Gulland's trilogy.
The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland. The final book in Gulland's trilogy.
The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon's Bird of Paradise by Carrolly Erickson. In this novel, Josephine tells her life story in her own words.