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Wrapped around her finger by meluseena Wrapped around her finger by meluseena
One of histories great love affairs, that of extravagant Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon wrote Josephine passionate, full love letters and she wrote little in return, driving him mad with jealousy and anger. Here is one such letter for you to read through, it is charming and poignant too.

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It makes me wonder about this Josephine - was she as cold as Napoleon suggests, or was he simply histrionic? How did she receieve his mad devotion, really? History is a mystery and we will never know.

Though a tumultuous marriage that ended in a divorce, Napoleon is said to have stayed ceaselessly in love with Josephine and his dying words were "France, the Army, the Head of the Army, Josephine"


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technique: Digital collage. Used many different photo elements, and copious airbrushing, and some old paintings of Napoleon.
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:iconfaerieincombatboots:
FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Beautiful...didn't Josephine eventually come to love him though?
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meluseena Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I think they had a funny relationship all the way but she must've always been at least fond of him.
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
They did have a very codependent emotionally abusive relationship by modern standards, but I do think that even if she didn't love him, she did bear great affection for him.
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meluseena Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Like you might love a poodle! I think that was the kind of relationship, but who knows right?!
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FaerieInCombatBoots Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Only Napoleon and Josephine know the truth. By the way, have you read the Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland? It puts an interesting and tender take on their marriage. It suggest that maybe she wasn't cheating on him, that her in-laws sabotaged her.
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Deathbyduckies Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
~ love it! Wish I had seen this sooner! :D
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An-die-Freude Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I can't confirm this, but I remember learning way back in my AP Euro class that Josephine would sometimes actually read Napoleon's letters mockingly out loud at parties. Pretty sad :\ Seems like perhaps they had a complex relationship though and it's always intrigued me. Napoleon intrigues me so damn much. You did a wonderful job with this piece :]
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8ieni Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, i hate she soo much >--<
Kill Josephine!! :fork:
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ABBEYtm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
that letter trully proves that chivalry is dead, poor Napoleon :'( bless his broken, miserable heart
Josephine can kiss my ass on Sunday and high tail hers to another man, she doesnt deserve a true man like that!
hahah what am I talking about?! this was like 500 years ago... still it sickens me lol
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Felicite-Antoinette Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awesome picture, I love Josephine's look :)
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