Joséphine, Empress of France

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Joséphine, Empress of France Gender: F
Marie-Josèphe-Rose Tascher de la Pagerie
born on 23 June 1763 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Fort-de-France, Martinique, 14n36, 61w05
Timezone LMT m61w05 (is local mean time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: De Marre
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 01°28' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 04°22 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 08°55'

Empress of France Joséphine


French royalty with her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte on 8 March 1796 at the beginning of his fame as a conqueror, thus making her the first Empress of the French.

The eldest of three daughters, she married Viscount Alexandre Beauharnais on 13 December 1779 in Noisy-le-Grand. They had two children: a son, Eugène de Beauharnais (1781–1824), and a daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais (1783–1837) (who later married Napoléon's brother Louis Bonaparte in 1802).

During the revolution her husband, an ex-noble, was executed. Joséphine de Beauharnais was left in hardship and needed help from her friends to survive. She had affairs with several leading political figures, including Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras.

When she met Napoleon in 1795, he was smitten and wrote her long love letters. Involved in an affair with an officer, Hippolyte Charles in 1796, she did not even bother to answer, but when he resumed his courtship, they began their relationship. She accepted the seven-year-younger groom as a convenience as she was a well-used lady with sexual experience that belied her unattractive appearance; teeth that were black stumps and heavy makeup, appearing shopworn. Both misfits, they nonetheless were drawn compellingly to each other.

The coronation ceremony, officiated by Pope Pius VII, took place at Notre Dame de Paris, on 2 December 1804. Josephine became the queen of Parisian society at the side of Napoleon. They were harmonious until their marriage began to suffer strain. Josephine could not give him the son he wanted, and her extravagances became wearing. Her husband grew callous toward her and found his pleasures with other women. After the campaign of 1809, he divorced her on 10 January 1810.

Josephine retired to Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France, near Paris, where she had a dignified retirement and maintained a friendly relationship with Napoleon. She died there on 29 May 1814.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 13 December 1779 (First marriage to Viscount Alexandre Beauharnais)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1788 (Affair with Hippolyte Charles)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1789 (Began with Napolean Bonaparte)
  • Work : Gain social status 1795 (Cream of society)
  • Relationship : Marriage 8 March 1796 (Second marriage Napolean Bonaparte)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1804 (Ending with Napolean)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 10 January 1810 (With Napolean)
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Source Notes

Luc de Marre quotes the baptism certificate for the date with no time, and Roussel for the time with no source.

Sy Scholfield notes that the baptismal certificate is dated 27 July 1763 stating she was born 5 weeks earlier, no time or exact date of birth given, nor place (it has been suggested that she was born on the nearby island of Saint Lucia, see her Wikipedia entry). The birth date of 23 June 1763 is given in "Historical and Secret Memoirs of the Empress Josephine, (Marie Rose Tascher de La Pagerie,): First Wife of Napoleon Bonaparte" by Marie-Anne Adélaide Le Normand (J.E. Potter, 1847). Again, no time of birth is given.


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three girls)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Second husband Napolean Bonaparte)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Divorced from Napolean)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First husband executed)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Parenting late more than 40 (Unable to give male children to Napolean)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extravagant
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage
  • Notable : Famous : Socialite