Château de Malmaison

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Joséphine bought the manor house in April 1797 for herself and her husband, General Napoléon Bonaparte, the future Napoléon I of France, at that time away fighting the Egyptian Campaign. Malmaison was a run-down estate, seven miles (12 km) west of central Paris that encompassed nearly 150 acres (0.61 km2) of woods and meadows.

Upon his return, Bonaparte was furious at Joséphine for purchasing such an expensive house with the money she had expected him to bring back from the Egyptian campaign. The house, for which she had paid well over 300,000 francs, and she spend a fortune doing extensive renovation. Despite this, Malmaison brought great happiness to the Bonapartes.

Joséphine endeavored to transform the large estate into “the most beautiful and curious garden in Europe, a model of good cultivation”. She located rare and exotic plants and animals to enhance the gardens. Joséphine wrote: “I wish that Malmaison may soon become the source of riches for all [of France]”…


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