DESIREE CLARY, FROM MARSEILLE TO SWEDEN

Exceptional destinies

An episode from the series SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Format: HD
Duration: 95 ’
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Available version: French
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide except France

Synopsis

A simple commoner from a bourgeois family, Désirée Clary became the first monarch of the Bernadotte dynasty which still reigns over Sweden.

She owed her social rise to her relationships, most notably Napoleon, her first lover. In 1798, she married Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of the Empire, who got the Swedish crown after heightened secret negotiations.

Refusing the court's etiquette, strong-willed and struggling with the northern climate, she returned to France where she fell in love with Louis XVIII's Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Duke of Richelieu.