Fast facts about Josephine
- 1763 born in the Caribbean island of Martinique
- Came to
France to marry
- 1779 married Count Alexandre de Beauharnais
- 1796 Josephine marries Napoleon
- 1799 Josephine
- 1804 Napoleon crowns himself Emperor and Josephine
- 1809 Napoleon divorces Josephine, but she retains the title of
- 1814 Josephine dies
Malmaison is very
much Josephine's house. It did not belong to the state, but was bought as a
private dwelling, and after her death was inherited by her son.
The photograph on the left
shows the room simply known as Josephine's room. The wall frieze is in
GrecoRoman style, and there are frequent occurrences of swans. Josephine was
very fond of swans and had black swans imported from Australia to swim in her
The detail of the carpet shown in the photograph on the right has a circular
swan motif surrounding a peacock.
left is Josephine's main bedroom, showing her bed surmounted by the imperial
eagle, and flanked on either side by swans. On the right is another bedroom off
the main bedroom. This is much less formal, and in front of the bed there is a
small table that would have held sewing materials.
On the left is Josephine's
document case. This has a secret lock, and is where she would have kept any
documents she didn't want other's to see.
I'm not sure what the chest
on the right is, but it is beautifully decorated and made. It probably
contained toiletries, etc.