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There shone one woman

19 February 2005

12:00 AM

19 February 2005

12:00 AM

Madame de Sta Maria Fairweather

Constable & Robinson, pp.522, 25

In January 1798 Talleyrand gave a magnificent ball designed to honour Josephine, who had married Bona- parte two years earlier. Everyone who mattered in Paris was there, whether old nobility or former terrorists. Bonaparte was well pleased with the evening, when he was suddenly cornered by Madame de Sta


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