I regret purchasing this book. I gave it up after listening for close to 3 hours because I feel that it reads like a questionnaire. A long list of names and accompanaying each: Was he gruesome? Yes, no. Did he try to grab wealth wherever possible? Yes, no. Did he have a wife renowned for her beauty and devotion to the local church? Yes, no. Did he murder someone? Yes, no. Was he murdered? But no presentation, and no future promise of one, on what these facts may possibly relate to use about the renaissance in Italy. Extremely boring in my opinion.
There are probably both better and more inferior books, than this one, about Josephine, or the revolutionary and napoleonic era in general. But as a introduction to a historic person, which I realized I had no knowledge about when I bought the book, it worked marvelous. Sometimes the author seems to be taking some liberties. She also seems to be be fimly in Josephine's camp at all time. But I didn't find this intruding upon an enjoyable and flowing narrative concerning the woman who appears to have wielded more real social power before her marriage to Napoleon, than she did in it or as empress. It certainly commenced a greater interest in the era for my part.
Very enjoyable! The author seems to have done good research for the book. There is an undeniable exciting backdrop, namely the russian royal family and the decades leading up to the russian revolution. Commendable and pleasing narration from the author. And of course a window into almost every girls secret dream, a passionate and romantic love story that defies society. Almost like a good love novel but with the additional aspect of being true history. A truely compelling look into the lesser known persons in the periphery around the last russian tsar. Historic presentation at its best in my view.
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