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February 28, 2012
Josephine de Beauharnais
Her Marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte
March 9, marks the wedding anniversary of one of history’s notable couples. The marriage of Napoleon and Josephine could truly be one of the greatest love affairs of all times. They met in a Paris that was devastated by a revolution and despairing war. The wedding was in Paris, arguably the most romantic city in the world, but it was in a mayor’s office. Their relationship was not a great romance, but their legend has become an illustrious legend.
Napoleon and Josephine were married in a civil ceremony on March 9, 1796. The ceremony could have been sweet, but Napoleon was over an hour late. Josephine was furious, however, to show her how much she meant to him Napoleon gave her a gold medallion inscribed with the words, “To Destiny” (Bisson). Napoleon was madly in love with Josephine unfortunately, she was not in love with him. She despised him and thought he was a bore. Two days after the wedding Napoleon left Josephine to lead the French army in Italy. Although he sent her several love letters while he was away, that did not stop Josephine from engaging in the many affairs. “I awake all filled with you. Your image and intoxicating pleasures of last night, allow my senses no rest.” (Napoleon Guide). This is a line from one of the...