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Napoleon and Josephine

The exhaustive work of tyranny and totalitarianism required the love of a good woman, and so, at age 26, Napoleon set his sights on Josephine. She was a rich, older woman who could bankroll his lofty ambitions. Although initially he considered Josephine merely a practical means to an end, Napoleon soon fell genuinely and ardently in love with her. The two shared a tumultuous courtship and marriage - both were often unfaithful -- but their passion was real, and was expressed in their frequent correspondence. Their mutual infidelity and failure to produce an heir eventually led to the dissolution of their union. Both were devastated by the separation, and the memory of their romance remained forever in their hearts.

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