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Josephine: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon SOLD OUT

Saturday 29 March 2014

1 Hour


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Historian Kate Williams tells the story of the incredible rise of Josephine – mistress, courtesan and revolutionary heroine. The story is one of sexual obsession, of politics, and of how a woman survived in a man’s world. Williams shows how a young woman from Martinique, abandoned by her aristocratic husband in Paris, was able to reinvent herself. Josephine survived the revolutionary terror and became the leading light of a debauched party scene. She married a marginalised Corsican soldier, forming a remarkable partnership that helped Napoleon rise to become the most powerful man in Europe.

Williams is a lecturer, writer and television presenter. Her previous works, England’s Mistress, a biography of Emma Hamilton, and Becoming Queen, about the youth of Queen Victoria, were both highly acclaimed.