The Info List - Eléonore Denuelle De La Plaigne

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ELéONORE DENUELLE (13 September 1787 – 30 January 1868) was a mistress of Emperor Napoleon I of France
Napoleon I of France
and the mother of his son Charles, Count Léon . Her son was proof that Napoleon was capable of producing an heir and that his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais
Joséphine de Beauharnais
, was infertile ; as a result, he divorced Joséphine and married Marie Louise of Austria .

She was born Louise Catherine Eléonore Denuelle de la Plaigne into a middle-class family, by reports of the day was pretty and witty, and was married at the age of 18 to a former army captain , Jean-François Revel-Honoré. Her husband was arrested for fraud three months into the marriage, and sentenced to two years in prison. On 29 April 1806, the couple were granted a divorce.

Shortly afterward she became a mistress to the Emperor Napoleon, an arrangement set up by his sister Caroline Bonaparte , and in less than a year their illegitimate son, Count Léon, was born. He was Napoleon's first illegitimate child, and proof that Napoleon was capable of fathering a child, establishing that his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais , was infertile.

In 1808, the Emperor Napoleon arranged a marriage for her to a young lieutenant, Pierre-Philippe Augier of Sauzay, in order to end the royal affair. She was paid a hefty dowry by the emperor, and the newly married couple departed for Spain. Augier was listed as missing in action on 28 November 1812 during Napoleon's Russian Campaign . Newly widowed, she married Count Charles-Emile-Auguste-Louis de Luxbourg in 1814. She remained with her third husband until his death 35 years later.


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* ^ "ELEONORE DENUELLE DE LA PLAIGNE - NapoléonPrisonnier.com". Napoleonprisonnier.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017. * ^ English translation of www.napoleonprisonnier.com/acteurs/eleonore.html (from French) * ^ "DENUELLE de la PLAIGNE Eléonore Louise Catherine (1787-1858)". Appl-lachaise.net. Retrieved 22 August 2017. * ^ English translation of www.appl-lachaise.net/appl/article.php3?id_article=323 (from French)

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