Empress Josephine

   She was born Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie in Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique, on a slave plantation. She married an aristocrat, Alexander de Beauharnais in 1779 and produced two children. Her daughter Hortense married Napoleon Bonaparte's brother. Her husband Alexander was guillotined in 1794 during the French Revolution and Josephine became the mistress of several leading political figures before meeting and marrying Napoleon in 1796. In 1804, Josephine and Napoleon became the empress and emperor of France and greatly influenced French fashion. They were divorced in 1810 when Josephine failed to produce an heir. Although she is attributed with having created the Empire style to conceal her pregnancy (a myth), the style's neoclassical reference became quite fashionable throughout history.
   See also Empire period.

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  • Joséphine — f French: feminine form of JOSEPH (SEE Joseph), formed with the addition of the productive hypocoristic suffix ine. The name owes much of its popularity in France to the Empress Joséphine (1763–1814), first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, a charming… …   First names dictionary

  • Josephine — /joh zeuh feen , seuh /, n. 1. Empress (Marie Joséphine Rose Tascher de la Pagerie). See Beauharnais, Joséphine de. 2. a female given name: derived from Joseph. * * * (as used in expressions) Baker Josephine Freda Josephine McDonald Baker Sara… …   Universalium

  • Joséphine de Beauharnais — Pour les autres membres des familles, voir : Famille Tascher, Beauharnais et Bonaparte. Pour les articles homonymes, voir Beauharnais. Joséphine de Beauharnais …   Wikipédia en Français

  • empress — noun (C) a female ruler of an empire, or the wife of an emperor: the empress Josephine …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Josephine — is a common name: * Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first Empress of the French. * Josephine (name)Josephine may also refer to: *Josephine, Texas, United States *Josephinism *Mount Josephine *Hurricane Josephine *Tori Amos s album, To Venus and… …   Wikipedia

  • Joséphine —   [ʒoze fin], ursprünglich Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie [ ta ʃɛːr də la paʒ ri], Kaiserin der Franzosen, erste Gemahlin Napoleons I., * Les Trois Îlets (Martinique) 23. 6. 1763, ✝ Schloss Malmaison 29. 5. 1814; kam 1779 nach Paris und …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Josephine — Josephine1 [jō′zə fēn΄, jō′səfēn] n. [Fr Joséphine < Joseph: see JOSEPH1] a feminine name: dim. Jo, Josie; var. Josepha Josephine2 [jō′zə fēn΄, jōsəfēn΄] 1763 1814; wife of Napoleon (1796 1809) & empress of France (1804 09): wife (1779 94) of… …   English World dictionary

  • Josephine — Josephine, Marie Rose, Kaiserin der Franzosen, erste Gemahlin Napoleons I., geb. 3. Juni 1763 auf Martinique, wo ihr Vater Joseph Tascher de la Pagerie königlicher Hafenkapitän war, gest. 29. Mai 1814, kam in einem Alter von 15 Jahren nach… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Joséphine — (1763 1814) (Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, Joséphine de Beauharnais)    empress of the French    Born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie in Trois Îlets, Martinique, Joséphine, as she is known, in 1779 married the French army… …   France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present

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