Empress Josephine

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Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara  This set of amethysts was originally owned by Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Joséphine. She left it to her son, Eugène de Beauharnais, whose daughter, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, became queen of Sweden. The younger Josephine brought a treasure trove of her grandmother’s jewels with her to Sweden, including these amethysts tiara.
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Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814; Empress of France, 1804-1809) was born in Martinique. Her first husband was guillotined in 1794 during the Revolution, but she escaped with brief imprisonment. In 1796 she married Napoleon Bonaparte. He later divorced her because she could not produce an heir. Despite the heartbreak of the divorce, Napoleon and Josephine loved one another and remained close friends as long as she lived. For Napoleon’s part, their parting was simply political.
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Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814; Empress of France, 1804-1809) was born in Martinique. Her first husband was guillotined in 1794 during the Revolution, but she escaped with brief imprisonment. In 1796 she married Napoleon Bonaparte. He later divorced her because she could not produce an heir. Despite the heartbreak of the divorce, Napoleon and Josephine loved one another and remained close friends as long as she lived. For Napoleon’s part, their parting was simply political.

Sapphire and diamond tiara of Empress Josephine of France (1763-1814)
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Sapphire and diamond tiara of Empress Josephine of France (1763-1814)

Recently discovered that tiaras were quite popular in the Regency era, and Empress Josephine even wore this huge honking crown with her Regency gowns. This means that I can make and wear Rapunzel's crown with my Regency Rapunzel without being inaccurate. :D
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Made by Nitot in Paris, this tiara was originally owned by Empress Joséphine of France who received it as a gift from Napoleon. The tiara passed into the Swedish Royal Family via her granddaughter, Queen Josefina (born Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg). When Josephine of Leuchtenberg married King Oscar I of Sweden in 1823, she relocated to Stockholm and took the tiara with her.  Since then, it’s become a fixture of Swedish royal weddings.

Royal Focus: Swedish Cameo Tiara

On her wedding day, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will continue a Bernadotte royal wedding tradition by wearing the Cameo tiara, one of the oldest jewels in the Swedish royal family's collection . UPDATE: Victoria wears the tiara at left The tiara was made for Empress Josephine, first wife of Napoleon I, by the French Crown Jeweller Marie-Etienne Nitot in Paris in 1811. The gold and seed pearl tiara is set with seven portrait cameos. The centre oval depicts Venus and cupid. On either…

Hortense de Beauharnais, Josephine's daughter by her first husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais.

Hortense de Beauharnais, Josephine's daughter by her first husband, Alexandre de Beauharnais.

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Webail, E-mail Telenet, Skynet, Scarlet, Proximus

Chateau Malmaison outside Paris was Napoleon and Josephine's home.

Chateau Malmaison outside Paris was Napoleon and Josephine's home.

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The sometimes scandalous Therese, Madame Talien, who Rose/Josephine met in prison, became one of her best friends.

My Little Empire

So one of my absolutely favorite ladies from the Revolution and Empire periods is the rather infamous Therese Cabarrus-de Fontenay-Tallien-de Chimay, or for short, Madame Tallien. In most histories of late 18th-century France, the French Revolution, or especially the Directory period immediately following the Terror, Therese Tallien's name never fails to pop up. Napoleon couldn't stand her and forbade her from his Imperial court; his wife Josephine was her best friend and snuck out to visit…

Bonaparte was following a long tradition of promoting the French economy through fashion. Empress Josephine was a great fashion leader. She was an ideal model for the slender fashions of the day.  Many of her Regency fashion dresses were designed by Leroy.

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Regency Fashion 1800s Costume History By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com Regency Fashion History 1800-1825 Costume History This page is about Empire dress and its influence on C19th Regency Fashion. Using fashion plate imagery, the page follows the changes in the female fashion silhouette from the late 1790s to 1825. The bulk of this epoch …

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A Tale of Two Empresses: French Fashion during the Time of Napoleon

Although my novel is set in England during the late Georgian/Regency era, there is no denying the near-constant and pervasive influence of the French on the fashions of that time. Na…

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Empress Josephine

The first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She later became the Empress of France. She was born on June 23, 1763 and died on May 29, 1814.

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This famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps by David, that hangs in the Louvre, is thought by most to be a romanticized version that suited Napoleon's need for propaganda rather than an accurate rendition.

This famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps by David, that hangs in the Louvre, is thought by most to be a romanticized version that suited Napoleon's need for propaganda rather than an accurate rendition.

Josephine: Napoleon's Incomparable Empress: Eleanor P. Delorme: 9780810912298: Amazon.com: Books
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Josephine: Napoleon's Incomparable Empress

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