NAPOLEON AND HIS LADIES by Guy Breton

NAPOLEON AND HIS LADIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Napoleon called it ""the lovely little sin."" We quote. M. Breton also uses """" although it is very difficult to determine the origin of anything that appears here in spite of a bibliography of some thirty titles beginning Memoires, some Secrets, some Secrets et Inedits along with Napoleon Adultere, Napoleon Intime, etc. With a fig leaf for scholarship, M. Breton (this is his seventh volume in the Histories of Love of the History of France (translation ours) will tell you that other ""dull"" historians have not shown him ""under his most human aspect--in bed with a woman."" Well here he is: making Josephine ""the victim of the most delightful outrages""; returning from military campaigns ""prancing like a horse before battle, he quickly threw off his clothes""; wenching with a singer, several actresses, forcing the lovely Marie Walewska to commit ""patriotic adultery""; wearing laurels--wearing horns as Josephine amuses herself ""outrageously"" elsewhere. There are photographs, of all the lovelies with their imperially bee stung lower lips and the book does fulfill its original intention to ""affirm that Napoleon did not always have his hand in the opening of his waistcoat."" A trifling, peeping tome.

Pub Date: Dec. 6th, 1966
Publisher: Coward-McCann