Napoleon Translations

Title of Original Work

Anecdotes de l'impératrice Joséphine

Author(s) of Translation

Emily Delehanty
Kristen Gayer

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Translator's Note

The following anecdotes capture specific moments in the life of Empress Josephine (23 June 1763 – 29 May 1814). These snapshots are recorded through the perspective of an unknown author with a tone of admiration and adoration for Empress Josephine. This author depicts Josephine’s never ending kindness in spite of injustices done to her. He does not, however, deem this same praise worthy of her second husband, Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821). In this text, the untouchable Josephine is the only redeeming quality of Napoleon’s reign (1804 – 1815). She is presented in the most favorable of lights, with the author strongly communicating an emphasis on her generous and charitable nature, her undying devotion to Napoleon, and the tragic loss suffered by humanity as a result of her death. Although the author assures the public to trust in these “authentic” accounts of history, one cannot be certain that these doting anecdotes were truly written from an unbiased standpoint.


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