The love story between Napoleon and Josephine is great. No body knows how Napoleon and Josephine met. Some believe that Napoleon met her at a ball .When Josephine heard of the kindness the young general showed to her son, she called him to thank him in personally. 'Josephine was very attractive. Her beauty was not common , she had a grace.'What we do know for a fact is Napoleon's deep affection and love for Josephine from the very first day of their relationship. He wrote many letters to her from day one.,
They got married, Napoleon left on his Italian Campaign. He overwhelmed Josephine with letters and declarations of his love. 'I curse the glory and ambition" she used to read his letters aloud to her friends. Her own letters to him were cold and rare. Napoleon was faithful to Josephine while on campaign he insisted her to come and see him in Italy. Josephine kept him waiting. Last thing she wanted was to leave Paris with its theatre, balls, shopping and, most importantly, a young and dashing soldiar Hippolyte Charles, with whom she had a very public affair. When she finally came to Napoleon She brought Charles with her.
Napoleon finally found out about the affair in 1798 in Egypt. 'I have a great sorrow' Napoleon wrote to his brother Joseph. To add insult to injury, this letter was published in England. Napoleon was adamant in his desire to divorce Josephine as soon as he returned to Paris , He stopped writing to her when he found out about the affair. Only after Josephine betrayed him, Napoleon also had an affair with Pauline Foures, a beautiful wife of one of the officers.
Napoleon forgave Josephine when he returned to Paris but their relationship was never the same. His passion for her cooled, while she developed a strong love and respect for her husband. Josephine would never be unfaithful again but Napoleon would have many affairs. He divorced Josephine in 1809 because she couldn't give him an heir and married an Austrian princess Marie Louise. He was very good to Josephine during the divorce, gifting her with residences and generous annual allowance, paying off her massive debts and allowing her to keep her Imperial title of Empress. They remained in touch until Josephine died in 1814.