The Second Empress

The Second Empress

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Empress Josephine's family has been called to Napoleon's court for the terrible news that he intends to divorce his wife of thirteen years, who has failed to provide an heir, and take a younger bride, the Austrian Princess Marie-Louise. For his new wife, it is a horrible duty she must take on in her father's name. Marie-Louise must leave her love and family behind for an older man with whom she has nothing in common. There is little in her new life to enjoy. But an unlikely friendship with Hortense, Josephine's daughter, will bring her comfort, as she struggles to find happiness. For Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte, it is yet another woman stealing her brother's attention. She's spent years attempting to control his power and this latest distraction is the biggest threat she's ever faced. It's time to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 28mm | 492g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857388606
  • 9780857388605
  • 212,566

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'A first-class novel, brilliantly written' Alison Weir. Alison Weir 'It's the kind of historical fiction you just fall in love with' Book Girl. Book Girl 'If there is a female historical figure whose story needs telling Michelle Moran is the woman to do it' Daily Express. Daily Expressshow more

About Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in California. While getting her Masters at Claremont Graduate University, Michelle published her first historical fiction novel, Jezebel. She has traveled around the world - including to Israel, where she participated in an archaeological dig that inspired her to begin writing historical fiction. She lives in Southern more

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