First Edition.  Full title: "The Reluctant King - Joseph Bonaparte King of the Two Sicilies and Spain".  It is a solid and informative biography. Of course, one can not get around Napoleon, but this is not - as ever so often when members of the Bonaparte family are subjects of biographies - a short version of a biography of Napoleon himself. The book is honest about Joseph - his talents and his failings, the not too happy marrriage, his mistresses, his kingships and political career otherwise are described in full. One gains a pretty clear picture of his personality and carrer. All in all a biography I can only recommend. - 


The Reluctant King

  • 1977 Mason/Charter NY

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