Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire (2020)

Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire Flora Fraser Pauline Bonaparte Venus of Empire From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser the brilliant life of Napoleon s favorite sister Celebrated for her looks notorious for her passions immortalized by Antonio Canova s statue and always deepl
  • Title: Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire
  • Author: Flora Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780307265449
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire Flora Fraser From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, the brilliant life of Napoleon s favorite sister 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 moFrom acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, the brilliant life of Napoleon s favorite sister 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 beautiful woman in Europe She shocked the continent with the boldness of her love affairs, her opulent wardrobe and jewels, and, most famously, her decision to pose nearly nude for Canova s sculpture, which has been replicated in countless ways through the years But just as remarkable as Pauline s private life was her fidelity to the emperor if not to her husbands She was present for Napoleon s great victories in Italy, and she was often at Malmaison with her brother and her rival for his loyalty, the empress Josephine When he was exiled to Elba, Pauline was the only sibling to follow him there, and after the final defeat at Waterloo she begged to be allowed to join him at Saint Helena.No biographer has gone so deeply into the sources or so closely examined one of the seminal relationships of the man who shaped modern Europe In Pauline Bonaparte Venus of Empire, Flora Fraser has cast new light on the Napoleonic era while crafting a dynamic, vivid portrait of a mesmerizing woman.
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  1. Jodi

    Not a bad read but felt there was a lot of acceptance as fact over some of the rumors that circulated about the Bonaparte family with no proof to support the rumors given by the author I ll use the most obvious example to explain my point with Fraser s dealing with the rumors of incest between Napoleon and Pauline The author states it seems almost inevitable, given their strong sex drives , their mutual affection, their clannish affinity, that they should have experimented sexually together This [...]

  2. Claire

    I m giving 2 stars not because of the writing I read Flora Fraser s book Princesses and really liked it but because of the subject Pauline Bonaparte was certainly a colorful personality, but in the end, not much than that It was interesting to learn about the Bonaparte family a part of history I am sadly lacking much education in but in the end, Bonaparte is, well, I d say the Paris Hilton of her generation but, as much as it pains me to say this, I think Paris Hilton has accomplished with her [...]

  3. Jen

    Pauline Bonaparte is not a likable person There it is Imagine the snottiest most annoying girl in high school, only then give her a brother who is in charge of the greater part of europe, and you have Pauline Bonaparte.The book was fine I guess I never felt swept away by the story, and at times I checked EXACTLY how many pages I had left The author felt that it was important to use 3 words when a nickel one would have done not only as well, but better The larger problem is that although we know [...]

  4. Gerry Germond

    Her epitaph should have read Lovely and loyal She was both But she was as flighty as a sparrow and so is this biography, which fails to answer the so what question Well, perhaps it proves that Kardashians have always been with us.

  5. Lauren

    This book was a quick and enjoyable read on a figure who took part on the sidelines of world changing events Pauline Borghese was Napoleon s sister, inspired a beautiful statute and other imperial French art, helped fund her brother s campaigns through her advantageous marriage to an Italian prince, and was arguably as devoted to him and the legendary Josephine I ve read reviews that criticize this book because Pauline was not especially likeable, but I think that s beside the point No, I probab [...]

  6. Aileen Ng

    Pauline Bonaparte is lucky to have Napoleon Bonaparte as her brother Without him, she might end up being a nobody or worst, beheaded for committing adultery and having so many scandalous affairs Her life is the life of the rich and famous She is very beautiful and very fashionable but she is also spoilt and cruel She didn t achieve any high achievements Her only merit is her utmost loyalty towards her brother, Napoleon Bonaparte This book didn t manage to thrill me because it tells of Napoleon [...]

  7. L. (Slay the meaty ones!)

    I see no reason why this woman merited a book all about her Other than sleeping with any man that walked by, Pauline Bonaparte really does nothing Because Pauline isn t that important to history, author Flora Fraser writes about other people and happenings during this turbulent time, making her main subject actually of a supporting player It s a very dry read no juicy tidbits to savor It s a quick read, it just took me so long to finish because I kept being distracted by other, better books St [...]

  8. Robbi LeahFreeman

    Read after The Second Empress Moran I m a fan of historical fiction and this biography just didn t work for me I knew most of it from The Second Empress and in that book it was part fiction but was enjoyable Where as, I was hoping to learn about Pauline and I learned about where she was traveling or what she was buying while Napoleon s wars were given detail then her The only new facts I learned from this book was what she did after her brother died and who got what in her fortune.

  9. Alicia

    Pauline Bonaparte had very pretty feet and had lots of sex Interesting insight in to the Bonaparte family This is a personal biography and is light on politics If that suits you, this is for you If you want war and political intrigue, look elsewhere If Pauline wasn t off romping with her latest lover, she was nursing her poor health she didn t have much to do with politics in France unless you count how much she benefited from her brother s rise to power.

  10. Tgill

    A really disappointing read It s a short book, but I feel like there were maybe ten little anecdotes about Pauline herself and the rest was just meaningless filler I didn t feel like I got to know her at all and just walked away with a few facts like how she liked to rest her feet on her servant s throats There is so much material here for an interesting story she was the sister of Napoleon for goodness sake , but somehow the writer missed the mark Not worth your time.

  11. Sarah Wagner

    A good overview of Pauline Bonaparte s life While Pauline never makes for dull reading, I do wish the author had ventured to provide definitive answers about some aspects of Pauline s life For example, rumors are mentioned of an affair between Pauline and her brother Napoleon, but Fraser refrains from addressing the truth of these rumors, leaving the reader with maybe or maybe not as the biographer s take on the rumors Nevertheless, very entertaining.

  12. Buffy

    I was only able to make it through a chapter and a half of this book before I put it down from sheer boredom I would like to note that it was because of the subject matter and not the writing From what little I did read, I gathered that this woman s claim to fame was that she was pretty She didn t seem to do anything noteworthy to warrant having a book written about her Very tedious.

  13. Kay Robart

    Fraser s biography is interesting and well written I found Pauline to be a fascinating subject, although not an admirable person.See my complete review her whatmeread.wordpress tag p

  14. Jane

    This was good on the period and the background, rather repetitive about Pauline B herself Did I miss information on her childhood I started reading it on a plane but was surprised by later references to her and her mother s straitened circumstances.

  15. Tracy

    I didn t know a thing about this period in french history.i did see her Pauline s famous statue at the Borghese Palace in Rome, it was gorgeous

  16. Rosie Beck

    Sister to Bonaparte vain, capricious, loyal to Bonaparte,not her husbands this is a good story of her life and times

  17. Lyddie

    Why is it the witches of the world have every man drooling over them The author made no argument for Napoleon Bonaparte s sister being likable in any way except to her brother.

  18. María

    This book adds very little to Pauline s bibliography Is just gossip and contains surprising inaccuracies for a non fiction book.

  19. Julia F. Simon

    I may be biased, since I ve never understood the fascination about Pauline, whom I find uninteresting in extreme The book itself is gossipy and not entirely accurate.

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