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Napoleonís Unwanted Sister-in-Law

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Napoleonís Unwanted American Sister-in-Law
Christine Caccipuoti

As the nineteenth century began, both the United States and France were in transition. The American Revolution only officially ended in 1783, and now the president-helmed United States was forging an identity that rejected the courtly atmosphere of its European counterparts. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, France was moving away from the republicanism of its own revolution. Approximately twenty years after the executions of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette, France was poised to become an empire under Napoleon Bonaparte. Amidst these changes, a scandal occurred when Napoleonís youngest brother, JťrŰme, surprised the world by marrying Miss Elizabeth Patterson of Baltimore, Maryland.