Love Letter Relationship



     The renowned relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine is known as being passionate and eccentric. By looking at the missives between both Napoleon and Josephine, an example of how romantic relationships affected prominent military figures can be seen.  Napoleon was so consumed with his wife that even after discoveries of infidelities on both parts, there was still a passionate lingering love.  While they divorced, and Napoleon remarried, he still continued to write Josephine with a reserved preference that he did not share with his current wife.  Napoleon Bonaparte was a brilliant military leader as well as a powerful man throughout Europe, while this was the case, he was still swayed by his love and devotion to Josephine as evidence through their letters.

    Below are resources that will be used to incorporate into a research paper on the qualities behind their relationship as well as the depth of their love.  The relationship between Napoleon and Josephine is known as one of the all time classic romance circumstances.  While reading the letters, it is almost as if you are watching a scene from a dramatic soap opera unfolding.



Works Cited

Albert Carr, Napoleon Speaks (New York: The Viking Press, 1941).

“A New Life” Napoleon – Napoleon and Josephine, newlife/page_1.html (accessed December 3, 2008).

Carolly Erickson, Josephine: A Life of the Empress (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998).

“Courtship and Marriage,” Napoleon – Napoleon and Josephine,

Knapton, Empress Josephine (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1964), 113.

Madame de Rémusat, Memoirs of the Empress Josephine (New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1910).

Napoleon Bonaparte, In the Words of Napoleon: the Emperor Day by Day, ed. Philip J. Haythornthwaite and R. M. Johnston (London: Greenhill, 2002).

Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon’s Letters to Marie Louise, ed. Charles De La Ronciere (New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1935), 264.

Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon on Napoleon: An Autobiography of the Emperor, ed. Somerset de Chair (London: Cassell, 1992).

“Napoleon’s Letters to Josephine, 1796-1812.” Internet Archive. September 19, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.

R. F. Delderfield, Napoleon in Love (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959).

Schneider, John. “Napoleon and Josephine.” The Napoleon Series. September 19, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.

 Susan P. Conner, The Age of Napoleon (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004), 197-99.

 “The Emperor and Empress.” PBS: Napoleon and Josephine. September 19, 2013. Accessed September 19, 2013.


4 thoughts on “Love Letter Relationship

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  2. This seems like a very interesting topic. It is very easy to paint military leaders as cold and emotionless men. I think that this project will help humanize Napoleon in our eyes. It adds a bit of complexity to the little man bent on world domination that we learn about in grade school.

    • Sarah, this sounds like a fascinating and engaging paper topic. It is noteworthy to state that Napoleon had many mistresses but did indeed love Josephine above the others. I hope you discuss the details of Napoleon and Josephine’s relationship and how it was affected by his lengthy military campaigns away from France.

  3. I tend to agree that most historical military figures are frequently painted as heartless or uncaring. However this makes a topic such as this one, so much fun to read. When love and affection magnified in history, it gives readers a sense of humanity and realness. I think this a great topic to right about, centered upon one of the greatest military leaders the world has ever known! Have fun!!

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