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The second empress : a novel of Napoleon's court

Author: Michelle Moran; Adam Alexi-Malle
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon's power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war. Marie-Louise knows what she must  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
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Moran, Michelle.
Second empress.
[New York] : Books on Tape : Random House Audio, [2012]
(OCoLC)779256426
Named Person: Marie Louise, Empress consort of Napoleon I Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Marie Louise, Empress consort of Napoleon I Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Moran; Adam Alexi-Malle
ISBN: 9780449010600 0449010600
OCLC Number: 812170007
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Unabridged.
Duration: 10:42:44.
Performer(s): Read by Adam Alexi-Malle.
Description: 1 sound file (10 hr., 42 min., 44 sec.) : digital.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 153941 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Michelle Moran.

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After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon's power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war. Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon's reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband's affection, including Napoleon's first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen--a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise. As Pauline's insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline's jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire's peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise's family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history--and change the course of her life.

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