A Favourite of Napoleon: Memoirs of Mademoiselle George

By: Cheramy, Paul

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No jacket. Spine and boards lightly toned, boards lightly rubbed, light stain on spine and boards, bookplate on front paste-down endpaper. 1909 Hard Cover. 320 pp. Marguerite Georges (17871867) was a French stage actress. She was one of the most famous French actresses of her time. She is also known for her affair with Napoleon, but also claimed to have had an affair with the Duke of Wellington, a claim which is considered probable by some historians.[1] She published under the name Marguerite-Josephine Weimer George. Marguerite Georges was born Marguerite-Josephine Weimer in Bayeux, the daughter of a German employed in the theatre orchestra in Amiens. She debuted on stage in 1802 at the age of fifteen at the Thtre Franais in Paris; she was made socitaire in 1804.[2] Her affair with Napoleon took place between 1802 and 1804, and was rumoured to be the reason she left France in 1808. She was active in Saint Petersburg in Russia in 18081812, debuting at St. Petersburg, in Phdre, and alternating nights with the Russian actress Ekaterina Semenova.[3] She toured Europe in 18121813, during which she performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and Dresden. She then returned to France. She was active at the Thatre Franais in 18131818, at the Odon Theatre and in 183149 at the Thtre de la Porte Saint-Martin. Her affair with Wellington is supposed to have taken place in 1814, and would make her one of two women known to have shared the two opponents' beds, the other one being Giuseppina Grassini. Unlike Grassini, she was indiscreet enough in later life to compare their sexual performances, her opinion being that Monsieur le Duc tait de beaucoup le plus fort (The Duke was much the stronger).[4] In 1814 she had a child, Maria Alexandrovna Parijskaia, fathered by Tsar Alexander I of Russia.[5] She lived at 25 Rue Madame, but moved to a boarding house at Rue de Helder.[6] She retired in 1853, and received a pension from Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother. She died in Passy.

Title: A Favourite of Napoleon: Memoirs of Mademoiselle George

Author: Cheramy, Paul

Categories: Political, French,

Publisher: New York, John McBride Company: 1909

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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