You can hardly describe the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais, a six years older widow with two children, as the model romantic love story.
It was turbulent from the start. Just two days after their wedding on 9 March 1796, Napoleon left on a military campaign to Italy. Josephine, who was left behind, was not one to let grass grow under her feet and soon started an affair with one Hippolyte Charles, a lieutenant in a Hussar regiment.
Napoleon, understandably, was not impressed. To help himself get over it, he soon started an affair of his own. Josephine is not known to have had any subsequent affairs. But unable to have further children, Napoleon divorced her. Despite Josephine’s indiscretions, Napoleon’s last words are said to have been “France, the Army, the Head of the Army, Josephine.”
In which French beds these liaisons are said to have occurred is not known, but you can be sure that they would have been similar to those found right here at Cottonwood.