January 10th, 1810 – The Divorce of Joséphine

Joséphine de Beauharnais’s marriage to Napoleon I was her second; her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she herself was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until five days after Alexandre’s execution. Her two children by Alexandre became significant to royal lineage. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the maternal grandmother […]

This Day in History – March 9th, 1796

Joséphine de Beauharnais became the first wife of Napoleon I on March 9th, 1796, and thus the first Empress of the French. Her first husband Alexandre de Beauharnais was guillotined during the Reign of Terror, and she was imprisoned in the Carmes prison until her release five days after Alexandre’s execution. Through her daughter, Hortense, she was the […]

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