Image for post
Image for post

The American Who Married Napoleon’s Youngest Brother

“The Color and Shape of Her Thighs”

Jerome Bonaparte in a military uniform with diamond orders and adornments. He has short curly hair and long sideburns.
Jerome Bonaparte in a military uniform with diamond orders and adornments. He has short curly hair and long sideburns.
Jerome painted by Sophie Lienard, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
A triple portrait of Betsy in three-quarter, head-on, and profile view. She has dark curly hair, rosy cheeks, and red lips.
A triple portrait of Betsy in three-quarter, head-on, and profile view. She has dark curly hair, rosy cheeks, and red lips.
Betsy painted by Gilbert Stuart (1804), public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

J. Bonaparte

Napoleon in a military uniform with his right hand tucked inside his vest.
Napoleon in a military uniform with his right hand tucked inside his vest.
Painting by Jacques-Louis David, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

“The Beak of a Goose”

Catherine in an empire-waist dress with a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. She has medium brown curly hair.
Catherine in an empire-waist dress with a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. She has medium brown curly hair.
Catherine of Württemberg painted by François Kinson, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Diane has dark curly hair, rosy cheeks, and red lips. She’s wearing an empire-waist dress and a diamond necklace.
Diane has dark curly hair, rosy cheeks, and red lips. She’s wearing an empire-waist dress and a diamond necklace.
Diane Waldner von Freundstein by an unidentified painter, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

“My American Wife”

A three-story Italian palace with arched gallery windows lining the second and third stories.
A three-story Italian palace with arched gallery windows lining the second and third stories.
Engraving by an unknown artist, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Dialogues in Hell

Jerome Bonaparte, with a receding thinning hairline. He looks like his brother and is copying his hand-in-uniform posture.
Jerome Bonaparte, with a receding thinning hairline. He looks like his brother and is copying his hand-in-uniform posture.
Jerome as an old man. Photo by Pierre-Louis Pierson, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Bo wears a dark suit with his arms crossed over his chest. His face looks like his uncle Napoleon’s.
Bo wears a dark suit with his arms crossed over his chest. His face looks like his uncle Napoleon’s.
Betsy’s son Bo. Daguerrotype by an unknown photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Notes

Sources

Credits

Written by

I write about fascinating royal women, their jewels, and quirky aspects of royal history no one else talks about. Find me at https://girlinthetiara.com.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store