Venus Of Empire - The Life Of Pauline Bonaparte

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01*20090615

Diana Quick reads from Flora Fraser's biography of Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's favourite sister.

As Napoleon's position grew ever stronger, he was determined to find Pauline the husband of his choosing and even to name her first and only child.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Napoleon was determined to find Pauline a husband and even name her first and only child.

02*20090616

At Napoleon's request, Pauline and her young son accompany her husband Leclerc on the military campaign to the sugar colony of Saint-Domingue.

It is here that rumours of her infidelity begin and tragedy is not far away.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Pauline and her young son accompany her husband on the military campaign to Saint-Domingue

03*20090617

Diana Quick reads from Flora Fraser's biography of Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's favourite sister.

Pauline returns to Paris a widow.

However, it is not long before she finds herself another suitable husband and journeys with him to Rome.

It is here that she suffers an unbearable loss that will turn her life around.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Pauline returns to Paris a widow but soon remarries and travels to Rome.

04*20090618

Diana Quick reads from Flora Fraser's biography of Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's favourite sister.

Now separated from her husband, Pauline's lifestyle and the loss of her son begin to take their toll on her health and her need for restorative waters are ever greater.

However, it is her turn to support her brother who, following hard times, is forced to abdicate and accept in lieu the Kingdom of Elba.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Pauline's lifestyle and the loss of her son begin to take their toll on her health.

05 LAST*20090619

Diana Quick reads from Flora Fraser's biography of Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's favourite sister.

While Napoleon's great reign comes to an end, Pauline re-establishes herself as a 'little queen' in Roman society.

But it is not long before she realises that her brother's health is poor and that she must do all in her power to help him.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Pauline re-establishes herself as a 'little queen' in Roman society.