Sources close to Deadline says Jodie Comer is currently Ridley Scott’s choice to play Napoleon Bonaparte’s beloved first wife (for a time), Josephine in Apple Studios’ upcoming epic. Musette. Joaquin Phoenix will play the role of Napoleon Bonaparte. Well, the Internet was quick to point out that Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, alias Joséphine Bonaparte, was six years older than her husband! In contrast, Comer is twenty-seven and Phoenix is forty-six.
So, not a great casting.
At the time of their marriage, Josephine was a widow (her first husband was killed during the reign of terror) and already had two children.
Joséphine met her second husband in 1795 and became his mistress. Joséphine received him quite often at that time, so much the better for her. However, she must have put it down very well because Napoleon was mocking and mocking loudly. Love letters between them are always known to be very spicy.
One in particular said, “I’m waking up full of you. Your image and the memory of the intoxicating pleasures of last night left no rest to my senses. Sweet, incomparable Josephine, what a strange effect you have on my heart. My soul is broken with sorrow and there is no rest for your lover; but how much more when I yield to this passion which governs me and that I drink a fiery flame from your lips and from your heart? Oh! This night showed me that your portrait is not you! You leave at noon; in three hours I’ll see you. In the meantime, my sweet love, a thousand kisses; but do not give me to me, for they have set my blood on fire.
You are all mean.
A year after the meeting, Napoleon proposed to her and they married on March 9. There’s this famous photo of him crowning her himself, and he was deeply in love with her until she had an affair with another man. From there it was always different. Napoleon would continue to have a number of cases in response, although we do not know if Josephine did.
Despite their problems, Napoleon still loved his wife, but there was a problem. Despite their years of marriage, they did not have an heir. The blow came when Joséphine’s grandson, Napoleon Charles Bonaparte, passed away after being considered and adopted as Napoleon’s heir before.
Josephine agreed to the divorce so that the Emperor could remarry in the hopes of having an heir, so it was not a full-blown situation with Katherine of Aragon. The two were sad about it and read a devotional statement to each other during the process. Apparently, when Napoleon learned of his death in exile, he remained locked in his room for two days. His last words on his deathbed in Saint Helena were: “France, the army, the head of the army, Josephine.”
A simp until the end.
Anecdote n ° 1: until her meeting with Bonaparte, she was known under the name of Rose, but Bonaparte preferred to call her Josephine, the name she adopted from now on.
Fun Fact 2: Josephine was born into a wealthy French family who owned a sugar cane plantation in her birthplace of Martinique, where a statue was built. He was beheaded in 1991 because, after France first got rid of slavery, but Jo is believed to have participated in the reestablishment of slavery in the French colonies to help his family. The statue was demolished in 2020 during the BLM protests.
(via Deadline, image: Andrea Appiani / Public domain)
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