Notorious Royal Marriages: Napoléon and Marie-Louise

I am beginning to see many Valentine’s Day posts on the blogosphere… This one by Arleigh at, via Tea at Trianon, stands out by the amount of work, and knowledge of the field of historical fiction, that went into it. Yes, blogging is a labor of love.

As for me, with your permission, I will be keeping my Valentine’s Day post under wraps until Sunday. Just a hint: it will be related to the characters and historical setting of For the King. As last year’s, it will be a romance, of course.

In the meantime, I will let you admire this painting depicting one of the unions mentioned by Arleigh: the wedding at Notre-Dame of Napoleon and his second wife, Marie-Louise of Austria, Empress of the French and twice grandniece of Marie-Antoinette.

Napoleon Marie Louise Marriage Rouget

Wedding of Napoleon and Marie Louise by Rouger

Painting by Georges Rouget, 1811, Versailles, Musée National du Château et des Trianons

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10 Comments to “Notorious Royal Marriages: Napoléon and Marie-Louise”

  1. Penny says:

    It seems the browser issue is fixed. but don’t cancel my computer anger management classes yet.
    So, who commissioned this painting? was there another one when he declared himself emperor? May I assume this was a business arrangement rather than a love match? that is why my earlier post quoted Kissenger.
    I love your hot chocolate idea. I am getting cold and since I am gradually getting back to eating solid foods this sounds like a fun thing for a sad, cold weekend for me.
    my Phone is working again.

  2. Catherine Delors says:

    Penny, I am happy you were able to fix this browser issue, and, as stated under the next post, I had recognized you.

  3. Penny says:

    Once again, the anonymous comment was from me when I was trying to fix the problem seeing your blog and the software would not rememember me but I see now it is back to work for the software. Je suis desole for not fixing it sooner especially the names.
    oh and I love this gem. I can see how he was able to get a royal wife for number 2. Henry Kissenger said it best(if it was him)that power is the greatest aphrodisiac When he was working for US President Nixon.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m back on track to see your blog! I fixed it by cleaning out my cache!
    Now I can see everything! I love these pictures. I love the background and link

  5. Catherine Delors says:

    You are most welcome, Elena! Thanks to you for finding this little gem.

  6. Beautiful picture! I’ve never seen it before! Thank you for the link, Catherine!

  7. Catherine Delors says:

    Oh, my pleasure, Arleigh, it was such a fun post. And thank you for featuring For the King!

  8. Catherine Delors says:

    Ah, Tristan, I couldn’t teasing it! I do like the painting a lot: the Empire in all of its glorious stateliness.

  9. Arleigh says:

    Thank you for linking me! I did spend a lot of time on that particular post, and it was for the Historical Fiction Round Table event. We are so excited to be featuring your upcoming novel, For the King!

  10. …what a tease!

    I’ll be back on Sunday!

    (gorgeous painting)

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