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Pauline Bonaparte


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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.


"Scandalous . . . Memorable . . . [A] juicy portrait of Napoleon's most flamboyant and favored sibling . . . True to his Corsican roots, Napoleon Bonaparte made empire a family business. . . . But how to deploy his 25-year-old sister Pauline, already a disciplinary hard case, notorious for philandering in a court not known for circumspection? . . . It was the sort of impasse Napoleon would often face in dealing with Pauline, who resembled him both in temper and in looks. . . . Pauline was, Fraser admits, 'a terrible role model.' Which is, of course, why she's such fun to read about." -Alida Becker, "The New York Times Book Review" "Pauline's life of scandal and intrigue makes for a page-turning read: the catalogue of lovers first cherished and then scorned; the jealous dislike of Napoleon's wife, Josephine; the rumours of lesbian affairs and of incest with the brother who dominated Europe; the suspicions of venereal disease; and, with a near-nudity designed to titillate, Canova's life-size statue of a reclining Pauline as Venus on display in Rome's Villa Borghese (Pauline's second husband was Prince Camillo Borghese.) . . . Napoleon Bonaparte [is] viewed for once in English literature through a French lens. [Fraser] reveal[s] Napoleon's strength as an administrator, restoring France to order after the chaos of the revolution and the Terror. . . . Entertaining." -"The Economist" "Napoleon's favorite sister died of a stomach tumor in 1825, months before she turned 45-but what a life she led! Pauline courted scandal at every turn . . . Astonishingly beautiful, fiery, demanding, and salacious, Pauline makes a riveting subject for this gracefully written biography." -Carmela Ciuraru, "More" "The life of Napoleon's favorite sister-a capricious, petulant beauty, who defied convention and shocked 19th-century Europe with her many flagrant affairs, louche behavior, opulent jewels and lavish lifestyle. . . . Fraser became interested i

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