Hortense de Beauharnais 1783-1837
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Josephine's daughter from her first husband
took her under his wing as his stepdaughter.
show her gratitude AND get some mileage out of it herself AND
because Mother Josephine thought it was a good idea, Hortense married
Napoleon I's brother
Louis Bonaparte. That was in 1802.
marriage didn't work for her, though, and Louis and Hortense
tried to get divorced, which was a bit tricky being king and
queen of Holland and all. At last, in 1810 Napoleon dropped
the pretense and simply annexed Holland. Hortense and Louis
were free to go their separate ways.
Hortense de Beauharnais' case the way led straight into the arms of one
Comte de Flahaut. Flahaut's full name was
Auguste-Charles-Joseph, comte de Flahaut de la Billarderie.
Flahaut's pastime was women.
Hortense de Beauharnais' Offspring
Louis and Hortense had three children. Child number three was
Charles-Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte aka
Flahaut, Hortense had one son, Charles-Auguste-Louis-Joseph,
who later became the
Duc de Morny.