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Re: Napoleonic Time´s Ladies
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2006, 02:41:04 AM »
Thanks, I know this picture and like it a lot.  :)

Here a coloured version of a similar one of Alexandrine, second wife of Lucien. (Almost the same, but not so good quality)




And on other of Alexandrine




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« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2006, 02:52:06 AM »
It´s funny, if you go back her table of ancestry (very good site: genea Portugal) you will see that she descends from the Valois kings, and from Rudolf I of Habsburg.

It was said that Marie Bonaparte of Greece was her greatgrandmother so similar in her character, also concerning her interests in science, literature and so on.

Alexandrine wrote poems and literature herself, partly together with her husband Lucien, who made researchs in the subject of Nature, many biological studies like butterflies etc.

His son Charles Lucien by Alexandrine was also an ornithologist. He once won a huge amount of money on the green carpet of the Casino of my hometown Bad Homburg in Germany, which is still famous today and was build by Marie Bonapartes maternal grandparents Francois Blanc and Marie Hensel.

It is all described in "Marie B." by Celia Bertin. There is the best description of the life of Lucien and Alexandrine and much to find about their interests and works.

Strange is only the fact that Alexandrine is described as blonde there, but on the pictures she seems to me very dark haired. Strange!

Again: Thanks for the picture ;)
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« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2006, 05:28:38 AM »
It´s funny the way Napoleon rejected almost all her sisters-in-law...Betsy Patterson, Christine Boyer, Alexandrine de Bleschamps...they were not good enough for a men who were not more that the children of low-ranked corsican people!!

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« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2006, 06:13:49 AM »
Yes that´s funny,  he wanted to connect his family members with the royalty that was well known and well off, so those sisters in law were not right for him.

But especially Lucien had his own will, even if he once helped Napoleon to get the power (this story is very famous)

Interesting is for me also the fact that the name Bonaparte usually came from Tuscany in the middle ages...


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« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2006, 07:33:20 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2006, 07:55:15 AM »
Marie Alexandrine, daughter of Lucien Bonaparte and Alexandrine de Bleschamp, married to count Valentini.

The italian book on important Italian writers says about her:


Maria Valentini Bonaparte was born on October 20 th, 1818 at Viterbo. In the contrary to all of her other siblings and her family, which was orientated in the intellectual works and thinking totally to France, she was profoundly italian in her spirit, in culture and in the language.
From the mother she had a rather french education, even if she was from her heart, her talents, her thinking, and her phantasy more italian. After reading the famous french writers, she dedicated herself to the italian litterature.
She married the count Valentini, with whome she had a quite successful marriage for some time, but they divorced as he cheated on her.
In the year 1848 , when her family had to go to exile, the princess Bonaparte went to Turin to dedicate herself to the education of her children.  
She died on the 20 th August, 1874, when she wrote the novel in verses " La bella Imperia di Collelungo"


Some of her works mentioned:

"Italia e Francia", 1861

"La Corsica", sonetts, 1864

"Margherita da Loviano", 1869

"Rime edite ed inedite", 1877

"L´anima della Corsica" (with comments by U. Biscottini)....
La vérité est plus importante que l'amour

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