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Queen Hortense A Life Picture of the Napoleonic Era   By: (1814-1873)

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QUEEN HORTENSE

A Life picture of the Napoleonic Era

BY

L. MÜHLBACH

AUTHOR OF PRINCE EUGENE AND HIS TIMES, JOSEPH II, AND HIS COURT, MERCHANT OF BERLIN, ETC.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BY

CHAPMAN COLEMAN

1910

CONTENTS.

BOOK I.

DAYS OF CHILDHOOD AND OF THE REVOLUTION.

CHAPTER

I. Days of Childhood. II. The Prophecy. III. Consequences of the Revolution. IV. General Bonaparte. V. The Marriage. VI. Bonaparte in Italy. VII. Vicissitudes of Destiny. VIII. Bonaparte's Return from Egypt.

BOOK II.

THE QUEEN OF HOLLAND.

CHAPTER

I. A First Love. II. Louis Bonaparte and Duroc. III Consul and King. IV. The Calumny. V. King or Emperor. VI. Napoleon's Heir. VII. Premonitions. VIII. The Divorce. IX. The King of Holland. X. Junot, the Duke d'Abrantes. XI. Louis Napoleon as a Vender of Violets. XII. The Days of Misfortune. XIII. The Allies in Paris. XIV. Correspondence between the Queen and Louise de Cochelet. XV. Queen Hortense and the Emperor Alexander. XVI. The New Uncles. XVII. Death of the Empress Josephine.

BOOK III.

THE RESTORATION.

CHAPTER

I. The Return of the Bourbons. II. The Bourbons and the Bonapartes. III. Madame de Staël. IV. Madame de Staël's Return to Paris. V. Madame de Staël's Visit to Queen Hortense. VI. The Old and New Era. VII. King Louis XVIII. VIII. The Drawing room of the Duchess of St. Leu. IX. The Burial of Louis XVI. and his Wife. X. Napoleon's Return from Elba. XI. Louis XVIII.'s Departure and Napoleon's Arrival. XII. The Hundred Days. XIII. Napoleon's Last Adieu.

BOOK IV.

THE DUCHESS OF ST. LEU.

CHAPTER

I. The Banishment of the Duchess of St. Leu. II. Louis Napoleon as a Child. III. The Revolution of 1830. IV. The Revolution in Rome and the Sons of Hortense. V. The Death of Prince Napoleon. VI. The Flight from Italy. VII. The Pilgrimage. VIII. Louis Philippe and the Duchess of St. Leu. IX. The Departure of the Duchess from Paris. X. Pilgrimage through France. XI. Fragment from the Memoirs of Queen Hortense. XII. The Pilgrim. XIII. Conclusion.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

General Bonaparte suppressing the Revolt of the Sections, Frontispiece .

View of the Tuileries.

Portrait of Queen Hortense.

Portrait of Madame de Staël.

QUEEN HORTENSE.

BOOK I.

DAYS OF CHILDHOOD AND OF THE REVOLUTION.

CHAPTER I.

DAYS OF CHILDHOOD.

"One moment of bliss is not too dearly bought with death," says our great German poet, and he may be right; but a moment of bliss purchased with a long lifetime full of trial and suffering is far too costly.

And when did it come for her, this "moment of bliss?" When could Hortense Beauharnais, in speaking of herself, declare, "I am happy? Now, let suffering and sorrow come upon me, if they will; I have tasted felicity, and, in the memories it has left me, it is imperishable and eternal!"

Much, very much, had this daughter of an empress and mother of an emperor to endure.

In her earliest youth she had been made familiar with misfortune and with tears; and in her later life, as maiden, wife, and mother, she was not spared.

A touchingly beautiful figure amid the drama of the Napoleonic days was this gentle and yet high spirited queen, who, when she had descended from the throne and had ceased to be a sovereign, exhausted and weary of life, found refuge at length in the grave, yet still survived among us as a queen no longer, indeed, a queen of nations, but the Queen of Flowers.

The flowers have retained their remembrance of Josephine's beautiful daughter; they did not, like so many of her own race, deny her when she was no longer the daughter of the all powerful emperor, but merely the daughter of the "exile." Among the flowers the lovely Hortense continued to live on, and Gavarni, the great poet of the floral realm, has reared to her, as Hortensia, the Flower Queen, an enchanting monument, in his " Fleurs Animées ... Continue reading book >>




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